Coughs and common cold symptoms
If you have a cough or cold symptoms, speaking to a pharmacist is often the best place to start.
A pharmacist can help if you have a cough or common cold symptoms by advising you on the best medicines.
All pharmacists train for 5 years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.
Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
See things that NHS pharmacies can help with
- a blocked or runny nose
- a sore throat
- muscle aches
- a raised temperature
- pressure in your ears and face
- loss of taste and smell
See a GP if:
- your symptoms do not improve after 3 weeks
- your symptoms get suddenly worse
- your temperature is very high or you feel hot and shivery
- you’re concerned about your child’s symptoms
- you’re feeling short of breath or develop chest pain
- you have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes, or a heart, lung or kidney condition
- you have a weakened immune system – for example, because you’re having chemotherapy
Request an appointment at the surgery
If the services above are not suitable, you can request an appointment at the surgery.