Pharmacy and Medication
Your local pharmacy
Pharmacists are not just there for prescriptions
Getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for a minor health concern. They can help you with:
- common illnesses like sore throats, coughs, colds, stomach troubles and aches and pains.
- stopping smoking and alcohol
Most local pharmacists have consultation rooms for private conversations and are open until late and at weekends.
You don't need an appointment - you can just walk in.
You can find your nearest Pharmacy by using the NHS service tool, which is at the bottom of this page.
Electronic Repeat Dispensing
If you receive medicine on repeat prescription, you can now order them online. You can then collect your medicines from a pharmacy or have them delivered to your home (where available).
Electronic repeat dispensing means you can choose a pharmacy to receive a year’s worth of prescriptions and you can go into the pharmacy every 28 days to collect your next medication without having to contact the practice.
An alternative is electronic prescribing where you can use the NHS app to order your repeat medication every month and the prescription is then sent to your chosen pharmacy for you to collect without having to ring or go in to the practice.
Download the NHS app (opens in a new window)
Find a pharmacy who will deliver your prescriptions (opens in a new window)
New medications and prescriptions
If you're prescribed a medicine to treat a long-term condition for the first time, you may be able to get extra help and advice about your medicine from your local pharmacist through a free scheme called the New Medicine Service (NMS).
More on the NMS scheme here (Opens in a new window)
If you are having problems with running out of your tablets or collecting your prescription, ask your local pharmacist if they offer a home delivery service. There are also many repeat prescription delivery services run by major pharmacies.
Many of these let you order your repeat prescription online and will request your medicine from your GP and then deliver to your door.
Find home delivery services for prescriptions here (Opens in a new window)
Medication concerns and reminders
If you’re worried about the side effects of medication you are taking, you can keep a list of the effects that you think are due to the medication and talk to you doctor or pharmacist about this.
Contact the NHS 111 Service who will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
If you need help with remembering to take your medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. There are also a variety of medication management tools available.
Find a suitable medication management tool here (Opens in a new window)
Review your medication as you get older
As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall. Ask your GP or pharmacist to review all the medicines you take, even over the counter medicines.
Find more information on medicines from the NHS (Opens in a new window)