Visit your pharmacy first

Pharmacists are trained healthcare professionals, specialising in medicines.

Community Pharmacy teams offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise to patients with minor ailments such as coughs and colds, aches and pains.

Pharmacists' can also help you decide if it is appropriate to seek medical advice from the GP practice.

In most cases you will be able to buy over-the-counter products to self treat your symptoms.
There are more medicines then ever available over-the-counter, which you can purchase without the need of a prescription.

GP surgeries will generally not give you a prescription for over the counter medication.

With many pharmacies opening evenings and weekends, it is a convenient way to get medical advice. You do not even need to book an appointment!

See our self-help pages or your local pharmacy for advice with the following: