Pharmacists and chemists play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients. You can find them working in the community, primary care and hospitals. Pharmacists ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients and members of the public.
Pharmacists and chemists can offer advice on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking. They can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms and you don't need to make an appointment.
To find a Pharmacy in your local area please click here or call NHS 111.
Pharmacy opening times for Christmas 2015
Pharmacists dispense your prescriptions and other medicines, offer testing and screening for common conditions and can advise on minor ailments such as:
- emergency contraception
- incontinence supplies
- needle exchange and supervised drug administration
- pregnancy testing
- stop smoking services
- chlamydia screening and treatment
- weight management
Minor ailments include:
- bugs and viruses
- minor injuries
- tummy troubles
- skin conditions
- aches and pains
Sharps collection in Thurrock
If you have any sharp medical equipment, you can dispose of them at five sharps collection bins in Thurrock pharmacies. Download the poster to see the locations of the bins.
Prescription costs as of April 1 2015
- The current prescription charge is £8.20 (£16.40 per pair of elastic hosiery).
- A three monthly PPC is £29.10. This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months.
- A 12 month certificate is £104.00 and saves money if 13 or more items are needed in 12 months.