Community pharmacist

Male pharmacist talking to customer over counter

A day as a community pharmacist

After five years of study, you had many career options and after considering hospital pharmacy and industrial pharmacy, you chose to work in community pharmacy.

Your pharmacy is on the main high street and is a modern, welcoming and friendly place to work. It is part of a local health centre where there is also a doctor's surgery, a dentist and a podiatrist, so you see lots of patients regularly and get to know them well.

Every day is different and there are always patients coming to you with new and unusual conditions and ailments. Some people need your advice and help on lifestyle issues such as diet, exercise and stopping smoking.

You use special equipment to test people's weight and blood pressure and make decisions about which medicines they should take. You also prepare prescriptions and offer important advice, using your expertise to ensure everyone receives the best healthcare.