Some common conditions that people seek GP appointments for will get better within a short time or can be treated with over-the-counter medicines from a pharmacy.
For a wide range of minor ailments, your local pharmacist should be your first point-of-call because:
You don’t need an appointment
There are no waiting times
You will see a clinician with expertise in minor ailments and their treatment
You can have privacy if you would like it
You can leave with appropriate treatment or therapy and guidance on how to use it
Pharmacists are medical experts and are able to offer advice and over-the-counter treatments for minor ailments like aches and pains, coughs and colds, infections and viruses, allergies, minor injuries, skin conditions and more, saving a visit to the doctor’s surgery.