Pharmacy and medicines

How your pharmacist can help

Your local pharmacy is more than just a shop for medicines. It could save you a trip to your GP.

Out-of-hours medicines

How to get your prescription medicines outside usual opening hours.

Bodybuilding and sports supplements: the facts

Supplements are popular for people wishing to lose weight and build muscle, but some are dangerous.

How to use self-test kits safely

Self-test kits can sometimes be helpful but get advice from your pharmacist or other health professional first.

Avoid medicines scams

Does an online miracle cure hold the answer to your health problem?

Your medicine cabinet

A pharmacist explains the essential medicines no household medicine cabinet should be without.

Common problems your pharmacist can help with

Not feeling well? Your pharmacy can deal with minor health problems and save you a visit to your GP

Making sense of your medicines

How to make sense of your prescription medicines and what to discuss with your doctor. Plus, a pharmacist answers common questions.

Keep track of your medicines

Going into hospital? Changing GP? Here's how to make sure you keep getting the right medicines.

Home remedies for common conditions

Get practical advice to deal with the 10 most common minor health conditions at home.

Pharmacy remedies and kidney disease

Find out which over-the-counter remedies are safe to take if you have kidney disease.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

Weight loss tips

People talk about how they have successfully lost weight and an NHS dietitian offers useful tips.

Media last reviewed: 14/07/2015

Next review due: 14/07/2017

Asthma self-assessment

Breathing difficulties? Take this simple test to see if you could be suffering from asthma

When to have your vaccinations

Find out which vaccinations are routinely offered on the NHS and at what age they are needed

Colds and flu

The difference between a cold and flu, remedies and who needs to have the flu jab

First aid

What to do if someone is injured in an accident

Complementary and alternative medicine

Articles and videos on regulation, effectiveness and evidence

Difficulty swallowing pills

What to do if you or someone you care for finds swallowing pills difficult, plus the issues around crushing tablets and opening capsules


Advice on allergies such as eczema and food allergy, and what treatments are available on the NHS

Supplements: do you need them?

Millions of us use supplements and vitamin pills, but are they doing us any good?