Common problems your pharmacist can help with:

It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete's foot.

But by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.

Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time - just walk in.

All pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help clear up the problem.

If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will recognise this and advise you to see your GP instead.

What's more, many pharmacies are open in the evenings and on the weekends.

If everybody went to a pharmacist with common health problems, more time would be freed up for our GPs. This might make it easier to get a convenient appointment with your GP next time you need one.

So, if you have a common health problem, a trip to your local pharmacy is an option.

Your pharmacist may be able to help with:


Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest.


Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema. It mainly affects children, but can continue into adulthood.


A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke. Coughs may be dry or chesty (see below) and most coughs clear up within three weeks. Treatment isn't usually necessary, but a home remedy containing honey and lemon may help ease a short-term cough.


A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause a blocked nose followed by a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough.


Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It can mean that you're not passing stools regularly or you're unable to completely empty your bowel.


Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swellings that contain enlarged blood vessels that are found inside or around the bottom (the rectum and anus).

Hay Fever

Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to one in five people at some point in their life.


An allergy is an adverse reaction that the body has to a particular food or substance in the environment.


More than 10 million people in the UK get headaches, making them one of the most common health complaints, but most are easily treated.


Earache is cited as the most common reason for a parent to call a doctor out of hours for their child. It will often be the result of an ear infection.

Back pain

Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life. It usually feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in your back.


Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is pain or discomfort in your chest or stomach. This usually comes on soon after eating or drinking.


Diarrhoea is passing looser or more frequent stools than is normal for you.


Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are tiny parasitic worms that hatch eggs in and infect the large intestine of humans.


Warts are small, rough lumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet.

Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers are painful round or oval sores that form in the mouth, most often on the inside of the cheeks or lips.

Cold Sore

Cold sores are small blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and usually clear up without treatment within 7 to 10 days.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete�s foot is a common fungal infection of the foot. An itchy red rash develops in the spaces between your toes. The affected skin may also be scaly, flaky and dry.

Nappy Rash

Most babies get nappy rash at some time in the first 18 months.


Most babies start teething at around six months. However, all babies are different and the timing of teething varies.

Local Pharmacies

Atkinsons Chemist

20 The Grangeway Winchmore Hill N21 2HG

Tel: 020 8360 1671

Atkinsons Chemist

750 Green Lanes Winchmore Hill N21

Tel: 020 8360 1037

Boots The Chemist

315-317 Green Lanes N13 4YB

Tel: 020 8882 3274

Boots The Chemist

30-32 Palace Gardens Enfield EN2 

Tel: 020 8367 1211

Boots The Chemist

78 Chase Side N14 5PH

Tel: 020 8886 2003

Evergreen Walk In Centre

1 Smythe Close, N9 0TW

Tel: 020 8887 8354

Green Lanes Pharmacy

808 Green Lanes Winchmore Hill N21 2SA

Tel: 020 8350 8350

J Hayward Chemist Ltd

10 Queen Annes Place Enfield EN1 2PT

Tel: 8360 2614

Lamis Chemists

20 Bush Hill Parade, EN1 2HB

Tel: 020 8360 2212

Lloyds Pharmacy

940 Green Lanes Winchmore Hill N21 2AD 

Tel: 8360 8560

Lloyds Pharmacy

4 Florey Square, Highlands Village, N21 1UJ

Tel: 020 8360 8560

Lloyds Pharmacy

304 Baker Street, EN1 3LD

Tel: 020 8363 3210

Morrisons Pharmacy

Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, N13 4YD

Tel: 020 8886 0368

Palmers Chemist

325 Green Lanes, N13 4YB

Tel: 020 8882 1081

Reids Pharmacy

1 Cambridge Terrace, Bury St West, N9 9JJ

Tel: 020 8360 2653

Walkers Chemist

410-412 Green Lanes, N13 5XG

Tel: 020 8886 2561