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Pharmacies

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Tell us what you think of pharmacies in Brighton and Hove or submit your issue on pharmacies using the form to the right.

Is it “OK to Ask” at your pharmacy?

Medicines are a vital part of our lives and yet it can be difficult to remember everything you have been told about them and the packets don't always tell you all the information you need.

Many people have questions they would like to ask, but sometimes feel their doctor or pharmacist is too busy to answer them.

“Can I drink with these?”
“What happens if I forget to take a dose of medicine?”
“It says to avoid milk, does that mean I can’t have a cup of tea while I’m taking them?”
“Why are these tablets a different colour from last time?”
“How do I open the packet?” ...................and many more

Pharmacists are experts in medicines and their job is to help you to get the very best from your treatment, whether it be the medicines you buy over the counter or the ones prescribed by your doctor.

We want you to tell us if your pharmacy is a place where you feel comfortable asking all the questions you want to. Do they go out of their way to make sure you know all you need and want to know about your medications?

To nominate your pharmacy or pharmacist for an ‘OK to Ask’ award, please complete the short form: www.surveymonkey.com/s/OKToAsk  

All pharmacies that are nominated will receive a certificate to display in their premises, while the pharmacies with the most votes will be awarded a special prize at our awards event in December. 'OK to Ask' is a campaign being run jointly by the University of Brighton and Brighton and Hove Local Involvement Network (BH LINk).

The awards will be judged by pharmacology staff at the University of Brighton, the BH LINk Manager and a representative from BH LINk.

Medicine

Have you ever considered having a Medicines Check Up? Get to know your medication and discuss any issues with a expert in medications without having to see your GP or Doctor.

If you ever forget to take your medicine, read our helpful Tips and Tricks guide to remembering your medicine.

If you want to find out more about the medicine you take please see this helpful guide to medicine information.

Medicine Wastage
Unused medication costs the NHS in East Sussex approximately £5 million each year. Wasted medicine means wasted money. Read the LINk's Report on medicine wastage.

Pharmacy Services

Pharmacies, also called chemists are experts in medicines and how they work. They play a vital role in providing quality healthcare to patients at your local pharmacy. They dispense your prescriptions, provide a range of services related to specific health issues and can give advice on healthy living and minor ailments.

The services that may be available from your Pharmacy are:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Truss fittings
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Needle exchange
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Oxygen

They dispense your prescriptions, provide a range of services related to specific health related issues and can advise on minor ailments.

Minor ailments include:

  • Bugs and viruses
  • Minor injuries
  • Tummy troubles
  • Women's health
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Aches and pains
  • Children's problems

A pharmacist also has to be registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and have worked for at least a year under the supervision of an experienced and qualified pharmacist, either in a hospital or community pharmacy (local chemist's shop). 

Prescription charges
Current prescription costs (rom April 2011) are:
£7.40 for a prescription
£29.10 for three-months  (PPC)
£104 for a 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC)
For more information on pharmacies and prescription costs visit NHS Choices website.

To find your nearest pharmacist  and its opening hours please click here.

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