A pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and conditions such as colds, sore throats, tummy trouble, allergies and aches and pains. In some cases, a pharmacist will also be able to carry out medication reviews for medicine you take. 

All pharmacists are part of the NHS, they train for a minimum of five years and are experts in medicines use and providing health and wellbeing advice. 

If your symptoms suggest something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example, they will tell you if you need to see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional. 

Pharmacies are often open until late and at weekends, and many have a quiet area where you can talk to a pharmacist in private. 

Visit the NHS website to 'Find a Pharmacy' near you or use the NHS local service search below.