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Reading pharmacy opening times over the Christmas holidays

It's that time of the year to make sure your medicine cabinets are stocked up, and repeat prescriptions are ordered in time for the Christmas holidays.


Reading pharmacy opening times are below. Please phone your chosen pharmacy before visiting to ensure they are open and have the medication you need.


Just a reminder...


Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for various minor illnesses. They also work with other healthcare professionals to get you the best possible care in a way that works for you and the NHS. The pharmacist will let you know if you need to visit a doctor or other healthcare service, such as a hospital.



What services do pharmacies provide?

Pharmacists train for five years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice. They can answer your questions on prescription and over-the-counter medicines.


Pharmacies provide the following services:

·        dispensing of NHS prescriptions

·        access to the repeat prescription service 

·        an emergency supply of medicine, subject to the decision of the pharmacist 

·        non-prescription medicines like paracetamol

·        disposal of unwanted or out-of-date medicines

Can a pharmacist prescribe medication?

Pharmacists can offer advice and over-the-counter medication to help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries, including:

·        common ailments such as coughs, colds and the flu

·        aches, pains and skin rashes


Your pharmacist can help manage repeat prescriptions and help with any questions you might have about the medication the doctor has prescribed you.


You can also only buy certain products classified as 'pharmacy medicines' from a pharmacist. These medicines, called 'pharmacy-only medicines', aren't usually displayed on open shelves. 

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