We live in unsettling times, with many of the things we’ve taken for granted all our lives disappearing, or changing beyond recognition.
So it’s comforting to know that on High Streets all over the country there’s a team of more than 6,000* skilled and caring Boots Pharmacists committed to the healthcare needs of you and your family.
Boots Pharmacists have been giving sound medical advice to patients for over 170 years. And while the types of treatments may have changed, the commitment to promoting and nurturing the wellbeing of the British people is as strong as ever.
As the leading pharmacy-led health and beauty chain in the UK, Boots plays a vital role in helping local communities, and supporting the NHS.
A study carried out in 2018 found that one in five GP appointments were for minor conditions. They amounted to a staggering 57 million consultations a year, at an annual cost of £2billion to the NHS.
Remember that your friendly local professional Boots Pharmacist can be your first port of call for advice and a wide range of treatment options when necessary, though they can also signpost you to the GP when required. They can see you at any time without an appointment and suggest some suitable options for you.
Boots Pharmacists have been dispensing medicines and sound advice for over 170 years. And while the products and the treatments may have changed, the commitment to promoting and nurturing the wellbeing of the British people is as strong as ever
HELPING TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY ON THE HIGH STREET
Pharmacists can offer expert advice and a vast range of health services – many of which could save you a visit to your GP or help you on the road to making healthy lifestyle changes.
Better still, in some cases you don’t need an appointment – just pop into your local Boots store and chat to a member of the pharmacy team.
WHY BOOTS PHARMACIES ARE SO CONVENIENT
- Text messaging service lets you know when your prescription’s ready
- Delivery of prescriptions in England, Scotland and Wales
- You can nominate someone to collect your prescription for you
- Team of Boots’ dedicated drivers deliver prescriptions
- Late night opening at selected stores, plus more than 1,200 stores open on Sundays
- EPS (Electronic Prescription Service, which allows doctors to send prescriptions to pharmacists electronically; England only).
The New Medicine Service is a free NHS service, offered through pharmacy, to help patients understand their condition and get the most out of your new medicine. The service is for patients who have received their first prescription for a medicine to treat any of the following conditions:
• lung conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema
• type 2 diabetes
• high blood pressure
• conditions where you take a medicine to control the way your blood clots.
Between 30% and 50% of prescribed medicines are not taken as recommended. This means that a lot of medicines are wasted, or are not as effective as they could be. The service will help patients to find out more about the new medicine they are taking, help to sort out any problems they maybe having with their new medicine. It will give them an opportunity to 'Ask the pharmacist' about their medicine and discuss any concerns.
The New Medicine Service will help provide better value for the patient and the NHS by making sure that their medicines are right for them.
DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE! BOOTS PHARMACISTS ARE THERE TO HELP
How many times have you felt under the weather, but reluctant to bother your busy GP – especially during the current global health crisis? The clear message from your Boots Pharmacist is: please don’t ignore symptoms of illness – help is on hand.
Boots Pharmacist Lisa says: ‘As a pharmacist it is part of my job to help those in my local community to understand who we are and what we do. Your local Boots Pharmacy is a great place to visit for health advice. Whenever you need us, we’re here to help – no appointment needed depending on pharmacist availability.
Boots pharmacist Lisa is happy to help you
‘We’re on hand to give advice on many different common conditions, minor ailments and injuries. These include minor aches and pains, coughs and colds, skin rashes, cystitis and hayfever.
‘Whether it is spotting early signs of mental health problems, managing long-term conditions, providing expert medicines advice or signposting to other forms of support, pharmacists working across the health service are ideally placed to help people get the advice and support they need. We can explain the treatment options available and signpost you for further support if needed.’
‘For any minor health concerns you have, booking an appointment with your GP may seem like the obvious first choice,’ says Lisa. ‘Next time though, consider your local pharmacy first. We are trained to advise you on over the counter medicines as well as off-the-shelf products.’
If you’re looking to lose weight, stop smoking, struggling to manage your diabetes or maybe having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to tap into the expertise of your pharmacist.
‘As well as offering health support, our pharmacy team can also help you better manage your medicines,’ Lisa assures. ‘If there’s been a change in the medicines you’re taking or you’ve been prescribed a new medicine, you may have questions.
‘We’ll help make sure you’re safely getting the most out of your medicines.’
At least 60 Boots Pharmacies across the UK remain open until midnight, Monday to Saturday. You can visit the Boots website to find your nearest midnight pharmacy.
At least 60 Boots Pharmacies across the UK remain open until midnight, Monday to Saturday. You can visit the Boots website to find your nearest midnight pharmacy
PRESCRIPTIONS TO YOUR DOOR
Boots appreciates that many people simply can’t get out and visit their local pharmacy. That’s why it employs a team of trusted, friendly delivery drivers who have a comprehensive knowledge of their local areas, which currently support over 250,000 customers across the UK.
The Boots Prescription Delivery Service makes managing your prescriptions easy, with delivery right to your front door**. Simply choose your nearest Boots store and sign up for the delivery service.
A Boots team member will then contact you to arrange a suitable slot – mornings or afternoons, Monday to Friday.
The cost is just £5 for each one-off delivery, or for just £55 a year you can receive unlimited prescription deliveries.
EMBRACING MODERN TECHNOLOGY
The NHS offers an electronic prescription service (EPS), allowing your GP to electronically transfer your medical prescriptions directly to the nominated Boots Pharmacy of your choice.
It’s quick, convenient, and removes the need for paper prescriptions. And the good news is that every Boots Pharmacy in England is able to receive electronic prescriptions from your GP. Just ask a member of your local Boots Pharmacy team on how you can nominate that store to receive your prescription electronically.
To save you a wasted journey and avoid you waiting around when you arrive, Boots offers a prescription text message service which can let you know when your medication is ready to pick up in store.
Simply let your nominated store know that you want to use the Boots Text Message Service, provide them with your mobile number, and you’ll get a welcome text to let you know you’re all set.
Order your medicines as normal, and Boots will send you a live update  when it’s ready. The service can also send ‘ready to collect’ and ‘reminder to re-order’ messages.
It can also help you manage your prescriptions if you use the Boots Online NHS Repeat Prescription Service. To sign up to this, simply visit the Boots website or download the Boots app.
Your Boots Pharmacy is an incredible resource to help you take control of your healthcare needs.
 Please don’t reply to these text messages because they are automated and Boots will not get your reply.
 NHS prescription charges may apply. Participating surgeries only. Free home delivery is only available in England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is collect from store only. See boots.com/online/pharmacy
*Figure correct as of 31 August 2020
**The store location must be near the delivery address.
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