Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge, to advise you on minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.
Pharmacists can also help you decide whether you need to see a medical health professional.
Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don't need an appointment – you can just walk in. Find a pharmacy near you. Most local pharmacies also have consultation rooms for private conversations. You can also have a confidential conversation with your pharmacist without anything being noted in your medical records, which you may prefer.
Getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for a minor health concern. But if you think you or your family members are more seriously ill, then a GP or hospital may be more appropriate.