Pharmacy and medicines

Your local pharmacy

Pharmacies offer a lot more services today than in the past. Watch a video about what your pharmacist can do for you.

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Media last reviewed: 29/04/2013

Next review due: 29/04/2015

Ask your pharmacist for advice and support

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

Accessing medicines out of hours

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.

Using self-test kits

Self-test kits can sometimes be helpful but get advice from your pharmacist or other healthcare 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

Medicines for children

All children have their share of coughs and colds. Find out what medicines you should keep handy.

Understanding 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? Help ensure you get the right medicines.

Pharmacy facts

Ten facts about pharmacies. Did you know they dispense more than two million items a day?

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

Which over-the-counter remedies are safe to take if you have kidney disease.

Laura Brown, community pharmacist

Dispensing care where it's needed most

Laura Brown has made her pharmacy a model of how to dispense quality healthcare to the community.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Tools

Weight loss tips

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

Media last reviewed: 14/11/2013

Next review due: 14/11/2015

Your NHS Health Check

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

Video: stop smoking

There are 10 million ex-smokers in the UK. See how some of them kicked the habit and their reasons for wanting to quit.

Asthma self-assessment

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

Vaccination schedule

Find out which vaccinations are 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

Allergies

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?