About community pharmacy

Your local pharmacy is more than just a place to get medicines. It’s a place where you can access a range of NHS services and can get face-to-face advice from a healthcare professional without an appointment.

There are around 14,000 community pharmacies across the UK, so for most of us there’s one very close by. In fact, 96% of people can get to a pharmacy within 20 minutes by walking or using public transport. Community pharmacists provide rapid access to a healthcare professional and offer a range of clinical and public health services. Most pharmacies have consultation rooms where you can talk with your pharmacist in private.

You might be surprised at what pharmacies offer: personalised medicines advice, help to quit smoking, advice on maintaining good sexual health, treatment for common ailments, advice on preventing disease, vaccination services and much more! It’s a package of care…not just packets of pills!

What’s more, pharmacies are part of the fabric of local communities. They provide local employment and are a health and social care asset close to where people live, work and shop.