Medicines and pharmacies

What your local pharmacy offers

Pharmacies do more than dispense prescriptions and medicines. Pharmacists are experts in medicines who can help you with minor health concerns.

As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

If symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example they will tell you if you need to see a GP.

Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don’t need an appointment – you can just walk in.

Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.

Many pharmacies will also offer:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Asthma inhaler use and advice
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Chlamydia screening and treatment
  • Stop smoking service
  • Blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar testing
  • Substance misuse service
  • Weight management advice
  • Flu vaccination

To find pharmacies near you, use the NHS website online pharmacy search.

Healthy Living Pharmacies

Healthy Living Pharmacies provide extended services to support healthy living for patients.

The support on offer includes help to stop smoking, referral to local exercise programmes, advice on eating healthily, free emergency contraception, and general support and lifestyle advice.

Find your nearest Healthy Living Pharmacy.

Getting the right medicines

This year the NHS will cost around £124 billion, of which £14 billion (that’s £38 million every day) will be spent on medicines. With the age of the population increasing rapidly, the demand for medicines, and on the NHS as a whole, is growing dramatically.

Medicines are one of the ways that the NHS can reduce costs whilst improving care. We no longer support routine prescribing of health supplements and medications that can be bought over-the-counter from community pharmacies, in line with the NHS England guidance.

This means your GP might suggest that you buy some common medicines, available over-the-counter from your local pharmacy or a shop, rather than getting them on prescription.

These are often likely to be much cheaper than the cost of a prescription.

Green Bag Scheme

People in Brighton and Hove are being encouraged to carry all their current medication in a specially designed plastic green bag if they have to go into hospital or a care home, or when they go to their community pharmacy for a medicines review appointment.

GP practices and pharmacies in the city are helping to identify patients most likely to benefit from having a green bag, including the frail elderly, while the Royal Sussex County Hospital is distributing the bags to patients on wards and to people who are being discharged from hospital.

This simple system has been introduced to help health professionals know what medicines an individual is taking at any given time. The aim is to reduce the risk of medicine errors and missed doses occurring as patients move between different health services during the course of their treatment.

Breathe Better, Waste Less

The ‘Breathe Better Waste Less’ project in Brighton and Hove supports patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and reduce pharmaceutical waste across the city.

Evidence suggests that up to 90% of respiratory patients do not use their inhaler medication effectively – people tend to underuse their ‘preventer’ inhalers and overuse their ‘reliever’ inhalers. People also tend to throw away their inhalers before they are empty.

Better use of medication for asthma and COPD can help people to manage their condition and avoid going into hospital – and recycling inhalers after use is good for the environment.

Respiratory patients are being encouraged to get their inhaler technique checked by their local pharmacist, as part of the CCG’s ‘Breathe Better Waste Less’ project and also to drop used inhalers into ‘Complete the Cycle’ recycling bins in local pharmacies.

Participating Pharmacies

You can get an inhaler check and recycle used inhalers at the following pharmacies in Brighton and Hove.

  • Watts & Co, 110 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE
  • Boots, 67 Boundary Road, Portslade, BN35TD
  • Boots, 105 St Georges Road, Brighton, BN2 1EA
  • Co-op Pharmacy, 13 Warren Way, Brighton, BN2 6PH
  • O Flinn Pharmacy, 77-78 Islingword Road, Brighton, BN2 9SL
  • Boots, Queen’s Parade, Hangleton, Hove, BN3 7LU
  • Lloyds, Wellsbourne Health Centre, Whitehawk Road, Brighton, BN2 5FL
  • Ross’s Pharmacy, 3 York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU
  • Fields Pharmacy, 40 Eldred Avenue, Brighton BN1 5EG
  • Coldean Pharmacy, 10 Beatty Avenue, Brighton, BN1 9ED
  • Burwash Pharmacy, 9 Burwash Road, Hove, BN3 8GP
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, 9 Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, Brighton, BN2 8LG
  • Leybourne Pharmacy, 9 Leybourne Parade, Lower Bevendean, BN2 4LW
  • Boots, 129 North Street, Brighton, BN1 2BE
  • Superdrug Pharmacy, 78 Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2HA
  • Kamsons Pharmacy, 11 Richardson Road, Hove, BN3 5RB
  • Boots, 76 Boundary Road, Portslade, BN3 5TD
  • Boots, London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JH
  • Boots, 1 Rock Street, Brighton, BN2 1NF
  • Boots, 4 The Parade, Hangleton Road, Hove BN3 7LU
  • Boots, 59-61 George Street, Hove, BN3 3YD
  • Boots, 114 Church Road, BN3 2EB
  • Kamsons Pharmacy 175 Preston Road, Parkside BN1 6AG
  • Kamsons Pharmacy 1a Lewes Road   BN2 3HP
  • Kamsons Pharmacy 50 The Highway Moulsecoomb BN2 4GB
  • Kamsons Pharmacy 128 St James’s Street  BN2 1TH
  • Kamsons Pharmacy 25-26 Whitehawk Road BN2 5FB