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Pharmacists are the experts in medicines and they ensure that you get the right medicines, at the right time to help you live a healthier life. They provide advice about how to take your medicines, what to expect and what to look out for so that you get the best out of them and they can do their job. You can ask your pharmacist or their team for advice about medicines, whether you have them on prescription or you have bought them yourself.
Pharmacists spend five years training at University and in practice before taking a set of registration exams with the General Pharmaceutical Council. They have more training on medicines than any other healthcare professional by some distance. They learn about the science behind medicines, how they work, how they are made, different body systems, how they affect the body, how different combinations affect each other and the best way to use each medicine. They also have a well trained team to support them and you.
Your pharmacist and their team source, store, assemble and supply medicines within strict regulations. Making sure that the medicines you need are on the shelf when you need them is an important part of their role.
Being able to talk to you about your medicines and explain how to get the best out of them is one of the most important aspects of a pharmacists role. When you purchase or collect prescription medicines they will give you advice about your medicine which will help you use them safely and ensure that they work. Alongside this pharmacists can provide more in depth advice about your medicines as part of services funded by the NHS. You can ask a pharmacist or their team for advice at any time. Most pharmacies are open six days a week and you can visit them without an appointment for help with your medicines.
As the experts in medicines, pharmacists and their teams are the right people to talk to when you have a question about your medicines, whether it is a quick one or you need to talk for a little longer. As a profession pharmacy cares for your medicines so that you can get on with living your lives.
Mental health problems are common with an estimated 1 in 6 people in the past week experiencing a mental health problem such as depression and anxiety. Yet, there is still a significant stigma associated with mental health issues, with many people suffering without seeking help and support.
If you feel your mental health is not as good as it could be, then pharmacists, health champions and other pharmacy team members are available to listen non-judgementally and signpost you to resources that may help.
Pharmacists and their teams can help in a number of different ways. Many of the medicines dispensed within a pharmacy are for depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Your pharmacist can advise you about how best to take your medicine and what else you can do to feel better. They will ensure that the medicine you have been prescribed is safe with any other medicines you take and can advise which over the counter medicines you can take.
The pharmacy team can help to support lifestyle choices which can improve and protect your mental health, such as stop smoking, reducing alcohol, sleeping, keeping more active and eating healthily. Most pharmacies will have members of the team who are trained as Dementia Friends and can help older people with difficulties they may have, for example, remembering to take their regular medicines.
Mental health problems can happen at any time of our lives, and your local pharmacy will care as you recover.
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Pharmacy cares for when you and members of your family are feeling under the weather. Our trained teams will ask you some questions to help understand what might be going on – what symptoms have you had and how long have you had them, what have you tried already and do you have any medical conditions that we should know about? We will also ask about any other medicines you might be taking so that we can make sure anything we recommend is safe.
We can help treat symptoms for many common illnesses including headache, muscle and joint pain, indigestion, diarrhoea, nausea, migraine, hayfever, dry eye, blepharitis, eye infections, dermatitis, insect bites and stings, dry skin, thrush, head lice, dandruff, sore throats, chickenpox, rashes, verrucas, warts, coughs, colds, gingivitis and mouth ulcers, fungal infections, stomach cramps and constipation. In addition, we can provide support for more intimate health concerns such as emergency hormonal contraception and erectile dysfunction.
Pharmacists have been trained for 5 years before qualifying and will know whether your symptoms can be treated without seeing a doctor, or whether you might need to have some additional help to get better.