The pharmacy or Chemist is a source of healthcare services, advice, and
information, available without an appointment throughout the day. Pharmacists
are experts in medicines and how they work, and they and their staff can help
you with a wide range of health matters.
The services available from
PCT pharmacies include:
- Dispensing medicines – and advising you on how to get use them
safely and effectively
- Disposal of unwanted medicines – any out of date or unwanted
medicines can be taken to the pharmacy for safe disposal
- Advising you on how to treat minor ailments – often a consultation
area is available if you wish to discuss something in private. In addition
some pharmacies can provide prescription treatments for conjunctivitis,
cystitis, and impetigo without you having to see your doctor.
- Emergency Hormonal Contraception – the “Morning After Pill” – is
available, and from some pharmacies it is free of charge if you are under 20
years of age
- Support to Stop
Smoking – all pharmacies can give you help and advice about “giving up”,
and as well as selling you nicotine replacement products, some pharmacies
have Support to Stop advisors who are specially trained to help you quit.
- Access to your medicines – if you have difficulty with the form or
packaging, or have other special requirements they can help
- Repeat Dispensing – a new type of prescription is available that
allows you to have a “set” of prescriptions at the pharmacy, and saves the
need to visit the surgery for repeats every time
- Medicines Use Review – this is a free service to review your
medication with you in a consultation area, an opportunity to discuss the
purpose, dose, and side-effects of your drugs, so that you get the most
benefit from them.
- Direct you to find other places of healthcare such as local
surgeries, minor injury and walk-in centres, family planning clinics,
dentists, and local support groups
Who to contact
If you have any questions about the services available contact your local
Late night Pharmacy Rota
This site does not have a list of pharmacies opening late.
You can either call NHS Direct 0845 4647
or do a
pharmacy search on NHS Choices, then chose open after 5pm
You can also get more information from :
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2011
NHS North Somerset Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2011 (the PNA) is
published on 31st January 2011.
The PNA was approved for publication by the NHS North Somerset Board at its
meeting on 26th January. The Board confirmed the findings of the PNA
Steering Group that NHS North Somerset has been fully compliant with the
requirements of PCTs in completion of the needs assessment. The statutory
requirements for a PNA are contained in the National Health Service
(Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2010.
The PCT will publish supplementary statements as and when changes are made
to, or occur in the availability of, pharmaceutical services during the life
of the PNA. A full review of the PNA will be made in January 2013.
Please click here to download a copy of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).
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