Boots Macmillan information pharmacists

Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists give local support to people affected by cancer. Find out more about what they do and locate your nearest store.

How Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists can help

We have over 3,500 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists in Boots stores around the UK. They are pharmacists who have been specially trained to:

  • understand the different types of cancer and treatment
  • answer your questions about medication
  • listen to your concerns and provide emotional support
  • guide you to other sources of information and support
  • connect you to Macmillan services in your local area.


Palliative Care Service

Boots have also worked with Macmillan and the NHS to launch a Palliative Care Service in its pharmacies. As part of this service, Boots has committed to maintaining a stock of recommended medicines used by terminally patients in over 2,000 of its pharmacies. Download the list of participating pharmacies.

You can check live stock availability for prescriptions and medications. All pharmacists should have these drugs in stock, as long as there are no issues with supply. Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists have received additional training to accompany the launch of this service.


Finding a Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist

To find your nearest Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist:

  • visit
  • enter your postcode, town or store name
  • click on the ‘Find’ button
  • click on ‘Filter by store services’ and tick the ‘Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist’ box. This is listed under ‘Pharmacy Services’
  • your nearest stores with Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists will be displayed on a map.

Your visit

When you get to the store, visit the pharmacy counter. If you are unsure where it is, ask a staff member to direct you. You can also look out for staff wearing Macmillan pin badges.

You do not need to book an appointment. You can visit a store to speak with a Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist at any time.

If you would rather speak in private, they can take you to a private area or a consultation room (if one is available). All discussions are confidential and there is no question too big or small.

If you do not feel comfortable asking for a Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist, you can find our leaflets in-store. They are often at the pharmacy counter, and may help to answer your questions.

If there is no Boots Pharmacist in your area

If a Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist is not available in your area, you can still get support locally. 

We have information about managing the side effects of cancer treatment, as well as a booklet and audiobook on the side effects of cancer treatment.

To find out more about cancer services in your area, ask your Cancer Nurse Specialist or oncology team. 

You can also visit our In Your Area directory, or call the Macmillan Support Line.

Booklets and resources