Every year, millions of people visit the GP with minor health problems that local pharmacists could resolve.

It's estimated 50 million visits to the GP are made every year for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete's foot.

But by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble. Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time – just walk in.

All pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help clear up the problem.

If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will recognise this and advise you to see your GP instead.

What's more, many pharmacies are open in the evenings and on the weekends.

  • Athlete’s foot (over 12 years old)
  • Cold sores (over 2 years old)
  • Diarrhoea (over 2 years old)
  • Haemorrhoids (over 18 years old)
  • Hay fever (over 6 years old) (only during the period March-September)
  • Head lice (over 6 months old)
  • Insect bites and stings (over 6 years old)
  • Threadworm (over 2 years old)
  • Vaginal thrush (over 16 and under 60 years old)
  • Warts and verrucae (over 2 years old)


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