Knowsley Older People's Voice

Care at the Chemist

Have you ever found yourself suffering from a minor ailment but don’t feel ill enough to warrant making a doctor’s appointment?

Since 2004, view Pharmacies across Knowsley have been successfully operating the NHS ‘Care at the Chemist’ scheme. This is a professional and confidential Pharmacy service that allows patients with selected minor ailments to attend their local pharmacy for a consultation.

Roy Davies receives his Patient Record Book from Pharmacist Manager Carla McNamara

The Pharmacist is able to provide advice and prescribe a treatment from an agreed list of medications if appropriate.  If patients are exempt from NHS prescription charges they do not pay for any medication prescribed under this scheme, store much the same as with a prescription.

There is a wide range of ailments covered by the care at the Chemist scheme, including amongst others:

  • Allergies
  • Coughs
  • Cold Sores
  • Cystitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Headache, temperature
  • Indigestion
  • Nasal Congestion

This service is available through every Pharmacy in Knowsley to anyone who is either resident within Knowsley or registered with a Knowsley GP. So next time you are suffering form a minor ailment, don’t forget to ask your Pharmacist for an ‘NHS Care at the Chemist’ consultation. 

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