Pharmacists are expert in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don’t need an appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.
Even a minor illness and ailments such as colds, headaches and diarrhoea can disrupt your life. Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.
The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. This guide explains what happens at the check, when and how you get one, and how to lower your risk.
Many pharmacies now have private consulting rooms and they are a good choice for help with minor health problems.
You do not need an appointment to see your pharmacist.
They can offer advice, suggest medicines or treatments, dispose of old medication and review your current medication plan.
You can see a pharmacist for all sorts of common ailments including coughs, colds, cystitis, skin conditions, aches and pains, and upset stomachs.
Most pharmacists also offer emergency contraception, needle exchange, methadone and needle exchange supervision, pregnancy tests, chlamydia screening and treatment, flu vaccines and services to help you quit smoking.
You can buy a range of medication for minor health problems for less than the cost of a prescription. The current charge for prescription medication is £8.05 per item. Details of who is exempt from prescription charges is available here.
NHS health checks are run by your local authority. If you are eligible, you should receive a letter from your GP inviting you to attend.
During the check-up, your GP will assess your circulatory and vascular health. Your results will examine what the chances are of you suffering from a disabling vascular disease.
You will then be supported in taking any steps needed to make your lifestyle healthier, such as amending your diet or doing certain exercises.