Medicines and pharmacy

Local pharmacist
What to expect from your pharmacy team

Pharmacies do more than dispense prescriptions and medicines. Pharmacists are experts in medicines who can help you with minor health concerns.

As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

Many pharmacies will also offer:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Asthma inhaler use and advice
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Chlamydia screening and treatment
  • Stop smoking service
  • Blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar testing
  • Substance misuse service
  • Weight management advice
  • Flu vaccination

Click here to find out more about what to expect from your pharmacy team. To find your local pharmacy, visit the 'Find local services' page.

Managing medicines effectively

Medicines are an integral part of the care and treatment that many local patients receive to manage their health conditions and improve their health.

Efficient management of medicines is an important part of our mix in delivering positive outcomes for patients and value for money for NHS resources. We work closely with GP practices, community pharmacies and other clinicians and health professionals to ensure medicines are optimised so our patients receive evidence-based treatments at a price affordable to the local health economy.

If you have any questions about the medicines you have been prescribed please talk to your GP or pharmacist in the first instance.

For advice on medicines you can buy over-the-counter and other ways to look after yourself at home, head over to our 'self-care' page.

As local clinical commissioners, we want to ensure all patients across Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford receive the right medicine they need at the right time.

We have a team of experienced pharmacists and prescribing technicians who work closely with our GP member practices to look at how patients use their medicines over time.

We may consider if it is appropriate to stop some medicines or whether prescribing a new medicine could more beneficial for patients. We also look at whether there are opportunities for lifestyle changes or non-medical therapies that could reduce a patient's need for medicines in the first place.

East Sussex Health Economy Formulary

The East Sussex Health Economy Formulary is a collaboration between primary and secondary care which promotes good quality prescribing in accordance with both local and national guidance. 

The formulary has been developed as an advisory tool to assist in promoting safe, cost-effective prescribing within the health economy. It aims to cover the majority of prescribing whilst recognising that there will be instances where prescribing outside the formulary will be both necessary and appropriate.

Click here to access the brand new East Sussex Health Economy Formulary website.

If you have any questions about the formulary, please contact the Medicines Management team at or on 0300 131 4387. 

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