As qualified healthcare professionals, pharmacists can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example they will tell you if you need to see a GP.

All pharmacists train for 5 years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.

Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.


What can pharmacists help you with?

They are the right people to see for minor health concerns such as:

• Sore throats

• Coughs, colds and flu

• Tummy troubles

• Aches and pains

• Red eyes

• Sleeping problems

• Athlete’s foot

• Mouth ulcers

• Constipation and diarrhoea


Most people live within easy reach of one, and with many now offering longer opening hours, it’s easier to get the help and advice you need, without booking an appointment.


Bank Holidays & Public Holidays 

Make sure you place any orders for repeat prescriptions with your GP in plenty of time so you don’t run out, and be prepared if there is a bank holiday coming up. We publish details of pharmacies open during the bank holiday within the news section of this website. However, if you can find what you're looking for, or need to find your nearer pharmacist you can search via the NHS Choices website.


Out-of-hours Service

Many pharmacies offer extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends. Some are open until midnight or even later, even on public holidays.

Find out about out-of-hours medicines.


Want to know more about medicines?

To find out more about our Medicines Management Team and the range of services they provide to eight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Surrey and Sussex, click here.