Pharmacies can be a good first port of call without the need for an appointment, as pharmacists are trained to recognise symptoms and help you decide what the appropriate course of action should be. This can be helpful if you’re not sure whether you need to see a doctor or if you have trouble getting appointments. They can also give you advice about your medication, such as side effects, safety of over-the-counter medication, and seasonal health advice.
Out of hours information:
Some pharmacies are open at evenings and weekends, especially ones within supermarkets, even when the supermarket itself is closed. There’s a local rota for bank holidays and Christmas advertised in local press and on your CCG’s website. You can go to any pharmacy for advice or to get a prescription dispensed out of hours – it doesn’t have to be your usual one.