Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals with the clinical know-how to give you the help you need.
Your local pharmacist is a convenient source of free healthcare advice and can help with a broad range of issues. They can also help you determine whether you need to see a GP or seek urgent medical attention.
Before you travel, contact your doctor, nurse, healthcare provider or pharmacy for any health needs and make sure you have enough prescription medication, RATs and masks, for the time you are travelling.
Pharmacies outside main centres may not carry some medicines, or have limited stock, so it is best to take what you need with you.
Remember, opening hours for your doctor’s clinic and local pharmacy might change over the summer period, so get in touch early.
Check you have everything you need to stay well, especially if you’re travelling into remote or rural areas where there won’t be as many health services.
Your local doctor may be able to register you with their patient portal so you can book online appointments, order repeat prescriptions, and see your health records online when you are on holiday.
Pack a first aid kit, with a thermometer and supply of paracetamol or ibuprofen, and some over the counter medications for cough and cold symptoms. With COVID-19 still circulating in our communities, it is also a good idea to pack some RATs, hand sanitiser and face masks in case you need them.
Some pharmacies also administer vaccinations including the flu vaccine, measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine, meningococcal vaccine, shingles vaccine, and COVID-19 vaccines.
Always call your pharmacy ahead of time to find out if they offer this service, the cost and whether they can order the vaccine for you.
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