Extra services offered by your local pharmacy

Pharmacies have come a long way over the years and these days they offer many services to make life a bit easier. Read on the find out how your local pharmacy can help you.

April 14, 2022

Pharmacists work closely with GPs, specialists, allied health professionals and hospitals. They also offer a range of services to consumers, usually free of charge and without the need to make an appointment.  

These may include:

Advice on medicines: Pharmacists can advise on the best over-the-counter medicines for you, generic (cheaper) medicines, and how to take your medicines safely.  

Healthcare advice: They can help you with the treatment of minor ailments such as coughs and colds, post-natal care, and pain management.  

Advice for minor injuries: Pharmacists can help you manage minor injuries and show you how to apply dressings and compression garments.

Health checks: You can get your blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar tests (for diabetes) from a pharmacy. You should share the results with your GP.  

Vaccinations: Some appropriately trained pharmacists offer approved vaccinations.  

Advice about children and babies: Pharmacists provide advice and products to help you treat common baby conditions such as nappy rash, eczema, cradle cap, constipation, pain and fever, and teething.  

Medical certificates: You can get a medical certificate for an absence from work from a pharmacist.

Source: healthdirect.gov.au