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Pharmacies and use of Health Services

What do Pharmacies offer?

Pharmacy teams play a key role in providing quality healthcare.

Pharmacists are experts in medicines, and 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.

They can help you consider the alternatives next time you're thinking of making a doctor's appointment.

You can always call NHS 111, which will help you find the right NHS service.

Use of health services during the May Bank Holiday weekends.

Use of health services over Christmas.

Advice for flu sufferers

All pharmacies provide the following services:

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  • disposal of unwanted or out-of-date medicines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


There may be a range of other services your local pharmacy offers to check please enter your postcode, identify which Pharmacy you wish to go to and click on “Services Available”. A map and directions are also available.

Local Pharmacies

If you are looking for a local Pharmacy and opening times then please enter your postcode:

Local Pharmacies and opening times

If you need out of hours medicine then please read the following guidance from NHS Choices:

Out of hour’s medicine

Over a Bank Holiday weekend

Over Christmas Holidays

Repeat Prescriptions

If you have a repeat prescription you could consider the Electronic Prescription Service.

Help with Prescription Costs

Click here for the latest cost of prescriptions.

If you're on a low income, you may be eligible to receive financial help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

To apply for an HC2 certificate, you should complete form HC1, which is available from Jobcentre Plus offices or most NHS hospitals. Your doctor, dentist or optician may be able to give you one, too. You can also get an HC1 form by calling 0300 123 0849.

Whether you qualify for help is based on a comparison between your weekly income and assessed requirements at the time the claim is made. Read NHS: help with health costs for more information about requirements.

You qualify for a full help HC2 certificate (which includes free NHS prescriptions) if your income is less than or equal to your requirements, or your income is greater than your requirements by no more than half the current English prescription charge.

You qualify for a limited help HC3 certificate if your income is greater than your requirements by more than half the current English prescription charge. The HC3 certificate shows how much you have to pay towards your health costs.

Certificates are usually valid for periods of between six months and five years, depending on your circumstances.

Find out more about the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS).

   Last reviewed: 31/05/2018

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