Pharmacy First

The NHS have introduced a new service which will be available in your local pharmacy from 31st January 2024. They will be able to offer advice to patients and supply NHS medicines where clinically appropriate (including some prescription-only medicines), to treat 7 common health conditions.

These conditions include:

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore throat
  • Earache
  • Infected insect bites
  • Impetigo
  • Shingles
  • Uncomplicated urinary infections in women aged between 16 & 64

If you are suffering with any of the above symptoms you can visit your local pharmacy for an assessment, advice and treatment (if it is deemed necessary), without the need to wait for a GP appointment. You can also still ask your pharmacist for advice on minor ailments such as:

  • Back-ache, sprains and strains      
  • Colds
  • Conjunctivitis      
  • Constipation      
  • Coughs      
  • Diarrhoea      
  • Earache      
  • Haemorrhoids      
  • Hay fever      
  • Head lice      
  • Headache and fever      
  • Heartburn and indigestion      
  • Insect bites and stings      
  • Mild eczema and dermatitis      
  • Minor fungal skin infections      
  • Mouth ulcers      
  • Nappy rash      
  • Sore throat      
  • Teething      
  • Threadworm      
  • Thrush