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.