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advising you on alternatives, undertaking a medicines review and providing a safe place where you can get rid of old or out of date medicine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 our service finder or search through NHS Choices.

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 2017

Opening hours over the Christmas and New Year bank holiday can be found below: