Community pharmacists work in customer-facing roles and provide an increasing range of services; which includes:
- Dispensing prescription medicines to the public.
- Ensuring that different treatments are compatible.
- Checking dosage and ensuring that medicines are correctly and safely supplied and labelled.
- Keeping a register of controlled drugs for legal and stock control purposes.
- Selling over-the-counter medicines.
- Counselling and advising the public on the treatment of minor ailments.
- Advising patients of any adverse side-effects of medicines or potential interactions with Other medicines/treatments.
- Monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Offering a diabetes screening service.
- Arranging the delivery of prescription medicines to patients.
- Managing, supervising and training pharmacy support staff.
- Budgeting and financial management.
- Keeping up to date with current pharmacy practice, new drugs and their uses.
- Providing advice about health issues, symptoms and medications in response to customer inquiries.
- Processing prescriptions and dispensing medication.
- Ordering, selling and controlling medicines and other stock.
- Meeting medical representatives.
- Keeping statistical and financial records.
- Preparing publicity materials, displays & marketing services.