Pharmacy First

Patients can now access quicker and more convenient care, including the supply of appropriate medicines for minor illnesses. Pharmacists are trained to gather medical histories, assess, diagnose, and treat patients.

Along with minor illness advice and over the counter medicines, pharmacists will now be able to treat the following seven conditions:

Clinical PathwayAge Range
Earache1 to 17 years
Impetigo1 year and over
Infected insect bites1 year and over
Shingles18 years and over
Sinusitis12 years and over
Sore throat5 years and over
Uncomplicated urinary tract infectionsWomen 16-64 years
In some cases, those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, immunocompromised or who have recurring problems may not be eligible for treatment at a pharmacy

The is a walk-in service, but can also be referred from other services, including;

  • NHS 111 (online, telephone and NHS App)
  • integrated urgent care clinical assessment services
  • urgent treatment centres
  • emergency departments
  • 999
  • general practice (GPs cannot make a referral for urgent repeat medicine supply)

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