Your local Pharmacist is a trained medicine expert who can dispense and advise you on the safe use of prescription, repeat prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Most pharmacies are open until late and at weekends, and they all have a private area where you can talk to a Pharmacist in confidence. You don’t need to book an appointment to see a Pharmacist.
Pharmacy opening times
Most pharmacies are open until 6pm and at weekends.
Find out the opening times for your local pharmacy.
A number of pharmacies in BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire have extended opening hours.
View the list of pharmacies open late.
Pharmacies with enhanced services for minor illnesses
Many local pharmacies are now able to give out medicine for five common health conditions that would have previously needed a prescription from a GP.
The conditions covered by this new initiative are sore throats, female urine infections, impetigo and dermatitis (both of which are common skin infections), and conjunctivitis.
For help with symptoms of these conditions, simply visit one of the pharmacies listed and ask to speak to the pharmacist.
When should you use a pharmacy?
- If you have a minor injury and need advice or medicine to care for yourself at home
- If you start feeling unwell and want advice or medicine to treat yourself at home before it gets worse
However, did you know that pharmacies do more than just dispense medicine? They also provide many other services, including:
Emergency Access to Medicine Scheme
There are currently 24 pharmacies that take part in this scheme across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire to ensure prompt access to certain prescription-only medicines that may be needed in an emergency, including “End of Life” drugs.