Photo of Inside a pharmacy shop



In the UK you can get some medical help from a chemist’s shop, also called a pharmacy. You may know about the Green Cross logo at home and you can expect to find similar services available where you see this in the UK.

You can buy a range of medicines for minor ailments and so you don’t always need to go to a doctor’s surgery before visiting a chemist or pharmacy.  Some medicines cannot be bought without a doctor’s prescription. For example, anti-biotic drugs in the UK must be prescribed by a doctor.

Chemists can give you healthcare advice and should be able to help you find out about many medical services that are available. For example, Emergency Hormonal Contraception (sometimes called "the morning after pill") or help with stopping smoking.

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