Ask your pharmacist

Ask your pharmacist

Your Pharmacy Locale is the best place to go to get any prescription medicines and medical advice for minor health concerns. But they can do a lot more than that.

As well as helping with common illnesses – like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains – our pharmacists can also help with stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, advice on safe sex and emergency contraception.

Pharmacists are trained experts in managing minor illnesses and using medicines safely. They can advise you on the safe use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.

Pharmacy technicians can help with things like inhaler technique, or helping you understand the correct dose of a new medicine and how often you need to take it.

As qualified healthcare professionals, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. If your symptoms suggest that something is more serious, then they will advise you if you need to see a GP.

Antibiotic resistance

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If you’re feeling under the weather, try simple remedies from your Pharmacy Locale. Don’t ask for antibiotics first, always listen to the advice from your pharmacist and GP.

Antibiotics are life-saving medicines. Taking antibiotics when we don’t need them enables bacteria to become resistant superbugs.

  • Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections
  • Most colds and sore throats DON’T require antibiotics
  • Green mucous is NOT a sign you need antibiotics
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed. Don’t save them for later and never give them to someone else
  • Don’t demand antibiotics. You do not need them every time you’re ill

So before you book your appointment with the GP, if it is a minor illness or a prescription you need, come and see one of our Pharmacy Locale teams.