Pharmacies and opticians
Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional who can give you advice on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them.
Most pharmacies have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately.
Visit your local pharmacy when you are suffering from a common health problem which means you don’t need to be seen by a nurse or doctor.
If you need any specific support in relation to pharmacy services, you can contact NHS England, which is the commissioning organisation for pharmacy services.
Many pharmacies in the area will operate with different opening hours than usual over the Christmas and New Year period. Click here to find out how you may be affected.
You can visit an optician to help keep your eyes healthy by getting them checked regularly by an ophthalmic practitioner.
A sight test will check the quality of your vision and your general eye health. Your ophthalmic practitioner will look for any abnormalities or sign of any eye disease.
It is recommended that you have your eyes checked every two years, or sooner if you are asked to do so.
If you need any specific support in relation to optician or eye care services, you can contact NHS England, which is the commissioning organisation for opticians.
Why do I need to have an eye test and what will happen?
It is important to have regular checks on your eyes as a test could pick up early signs of eye problems before you get any symptoms. Many eye conditions can be treated if picked up early enough.
An eye test can also pick up signs of other health problems.
The eye test will check:
- Your level and quality of vision
- Whether you need glasses for the first time to correct your vision
- Whether you need to change your glasses if you already wear them
- For signs and symptoms of conditions such as diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts