Medicines and Pharmacy

Meds management page


What your local pharmacy offers

Pharmacies do more than dispense prescriptions and medicines. Many also offer:

  • Advice on bugs and viruses, minor injuries, skin conditions and allergies
  • Women's health advice
  • Treatment for common childhood illnesses and infections.
  • Health checks (blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose testing)
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Screening (chlamydia or allergy screenings)
  • Emergency contraception
  • Stop smoking services
  • Weight management advice
  • Supervised consumption of methadone
  • Needle exchange

To find pharmacies near you, use the NHS Choices online Pharmacy Search.

Joint Formulary

The Joint Formulary is a list of medicines normally available to patients in High Weald Lewes Havens, which the CCG maintains in line with guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).  You can find the Joint Formulary on the NHS Brighton and Hove CCG website.  

We work closely with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and with NHS Brighton and Hove CCG to maintain the Joint Formulary.

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. 

  • Aiming to understand the patient experience with medicines
  • Evidence based choices of medicines
  • Making medicines optimisation a part of routine practice
  • Ensuring medicine use is as safe as possible

If you are a local patient who has a question about your medicine please talk to your GP or pharmacist in the first instance.

As local clinical commissioners we want to ensure all patients across High Weald Lewes and the Havens 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.