Pharmacy is a science-based profession where you need to have an interest in science, specifically chemistry and biology and in providing health care advice to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and their uses. Their knowledge of how medicines work in the human body is essential to help people with every type of medical condition to stay healthy for longer. Also thy have a responsibility to ensure that they help people to use their medicines safely. The pharmacist advises other health care professionals, like doctors and nurses, on how to choose the best medicines for individuals and how to prescribe and administer them to get the desired result.
Some Pharmacists are often trained to prescribe medicines and administer vaccinations independently of a doctor. They also provide many services designed to save people having to make a GP appointment. Pharmacists contribute and oversee other members of the pharmacy team who can dispense prescriptions and advise on over the counter medicine sales and healthy lifestyles.
Pharmacists work with a wide range of people to manage their conditions and maintain good health, in the short-term illnesses, such as coughs and colds and if they are suffering with long term health conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes
Pharmacists can work in a variety of places such as: health centres, high street pharmacies, GP surgeries, nursing homes and of course, hospitals.