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Pharmacists (chemists) are a great source of health advice and information:

  • they are experts in medicines and how medicines work
  • they can help you decide if you need to see a doctor
  • they can give you advice about how you can treat and look after yourself.

They can help with:

medicines – dispensing them, telling you how to use them safely, advising you on alternatives, undertaking a medicines review and providing a safe place where you can get rid of old or out of date medicine

contraception – emergency hormonal contraception, or ‘the morning after pill’, is available from your local pharmacist

minor ailments – many treatments are available for a range of minor ailments without needing to see your doctor. You should see your pharmacist for advice on the following symptoms:

acute pain, earache, headache or temperature; sore throat; cough; cold sores; athlete’s foot; colds, flu-like symptoms or nasal congestion; conjunctivitis; constipation; cystitis; dermatitis, dry skin or an allergic-type skin rash; diarrhoea; head lice; haemorrhoids; heartburn or indigestion; infant colic; mouth ulcers; nappy rash; oral thrush; scabies; sprains and strains; teething; threadworms; vaginal thrush; hay fever ; and bites and stings.

To find out if a pharmacist can help you with your ailment, visit or download the ASAP Glos NHS mobile app from the app store.

advice on your health – pharmacists can also help with quitting smoking, tests for Chlamydia

You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence – even about the most personal symptoms – and you don’t need to make an appointment.

To find your nearest pharmacy use the NHS website service finder here.

Most pharmacies are open six days a week but during bank holidays opening times may vary. Details will be posted here.

Bank Holiday Opening Hours 2020

Opening hours will be usually be uploaded a few days before the Bank Holiday. They can be found on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website here.