Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare.  They're experts in medicines, and use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge, to advise you on common problems, such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.

Most pharmacies are open between the hours of 9am and 6pm and are closed between 1pm and 2pm.  Some are open on Saturday mornings and most are closed on Sundays.

Please note that opening and closing times do vary between individual pharmacies.  Exact timings can be found via NHS Choices

Pharmacists can also help you consider the alternatives next time you're thinking of making a doctor's appointment helping you decide whether or not you need to see a health professional.

All pharmacies provide the following services:

  • dispensing
  • repeat dispensing
  • disposal of unwanted or out-of-date medicines
  • advice on treatment of minor conditions and healthy living

Other services that may be available from your local pharmacy:

Prescription costs

Prescription – £8.60 per item

3-month prepayment certificate (PPC) – £29.10

12-month prepayment certificate (PPC) – £104.00

Community pharmacies support the NHS out-of-hour (OOH) services through extended opening hours, rota services and on-call services. In addition, some pharmacies also offer an OOH service, providing minor ailment schemes during the times other NHS services are not available.