Pharmacies and self-care

Coughs - Minor cuts - Runny nose - Sore throats - Headache - Diarrhoea - Upset stomach - Dental pain
Visit your local chemist/ pharmacist when you are suffering from a common health problem which does not require being seen by a nurse, doctor or dentist. Choosing the right service for you ensures you get the treatment you need in the shortest possible time, reducing the pressure on essential NHS services.

Many common ailments will get better naturally, or can be managed using over-the-counter remedies available from supermarkets or local chemist shops. Visit your local chemist or pharmacist is a qualified health professional who can give you immediate expert advice on medication suitable for treating a wide variety of conditions including colds, upset stomachs and insect bites. 

Information about your local pharmacies and other health services can be found here 

Sore Throat Test and Treat Service

Sore throats are very common and nothing to worry about, they normally get better within 7 to 10 days. Most sore throats are caused by minor illnesses such as colds or flu and can be treated at home. 

Our sore throat test and treat service is available at selected pharmacies across North Wales. First you would have a consultation with a pharmacist, who will ask questions and conduct a swab test to determine whether you have a viral or bacterial sore throat. 

Antibiotics will not treat a viral infection but the pharmacist will offer advice and information. If the test reveals that you have a bacterial infection the pharmacist can then provide antibiotics. 

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