In hospitals, pharmacy staff work with other healthcare professionals on the wards and clinics, providing advice and support to patients on how to take their medicines. They identify the medicines patients were taking before admission to hospital and make sure they are still appropriate before they leave the hospital. 

Pharmacy staff also work in primary care, including health centres and GP practices. They see patients who need help with their medicines. They treat people with long term conditions, such as asthma and diabetes.

Community pharmacies are where people can buy over the counter products for coughs, aches and pains. They can also get their prescriptions dispensed and receive lifestyle advice for better health, such as giving up smoking, losing weight and healthy eating.

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In NHSScotland, pharmacists work in frontline services, providing expert advice on the safe use and supply of medicines.

Pharmacy technician

Pharmacy technicians carry out specialised tasks, such as preparing and dispensing complex medicines safely for patients.

Pharmacy support worker

Pharmacy support workers prepare and supply medicines that make up a patient’s prescription.