Pharmacists can help with a range of minor common illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throats, earache, nappy rash, cystitis (bladder infection), impetigo (skin condition) and emergency contraception. You can also get advice on prescription medicines.
To find your nearest pharmacy visit www.nhs.uk
Emergency supply service
Community pharmacists can arrange an emergency supply of medicines if you forget to renew your prescription (up to five days treatment) or bring your medication on holiday (up to 14 days treatment), even if you don’t live in Cornwall. This service is available during normal pharmacy opening hours (9am to 6pm), weekends and bank holidays.
There is also an in-hours extension to the emergency supply service during busy holiday periods, Easter, Spring half term, Christmas and New Year and from July to September which enables community pharmacies to make supplies during normal working hours i.e 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
Please note that the emergency supply service is only available for UK registered patients and controlled drugs e.g. pregabalin and gabapentin are excluded from this service.
Minor ailment scheme
Some pharmacies run a minor ailment scheme that deals with specific common health problems. When pharmacies provide medicines as part of a minor ailment scheme, you get the medicines on the NHS. Please ask pharmacy staff for more information.
Treatment for children
- Impetigo, a skin condition
- Nappy rash (for children under three years old)
Treatment for adults
- Cystitis (women only, aged 16 to 75)
- Impetigo, a skin condition
Prescription charges will apply. If you're exempt from prescription charges, for example if you're under 16 or over 60, or if you have a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) - you won't pay for the medicine.
What else can pharmacists offer?
Pharmacies offer a range of health services that you may not be aware of. For example, pharmacies promote health and wellbeing, and provide access to stopping smoking, sexual health and alcohol support services. Pharmacies may also provide a flu vaccination service, chlamydia screening, pregnancy testing and NHS health checks. These services could save you a trip to your GP!
Get the best from your medicines
Take medicines as prescribed. It's okay to ask your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines they are prescribing for you or to tell them you are no longer taking them.
Check your medication when you pick up your prescription before you leave and return any medicines you don’t need to the pharmacy or dispensary.
Unused medicines are a waste of NHS resources!
Collecting old medicines
If your medicine is out of date, unwanted, or some of it is left over after you have stopped taking it, don't throw it away yourself. Instead, take it to your pharmacy to be disposed of safely. Never throw away medicine in the bin, burn it or flush it down the toilet, as this can harm the environment.