Pharmacists are experts in medicines and minor ailments. You can drop in for advice without an appointment and many are open longer hours.
You do not need to make an appointment to see your pharmacist and many are open in the evening and at weekends so it can be easier than going to your GP practice. You can also talk to your pharmacist in confidence (most pharmacies now have a private consultation area).
Children can be treated for certain conditions depending on their age and what medicines are available. Some medicines can only be given to younger children on prescription. Sometimes the pharmacist will need to see your child in person to make sure the right advice or treatment is given.
If your symptoms don’t go away, seek further advice from your pharmacist or GP and remember to take any medication you may have been taking along with you.