What is the Pharmacy First Service?
Pharmacy first is a service that encourages patients to use their ‘pharmacy first’ for less serious conditions instead of going straight to GP’s or Emergency departments.
Pharmacists are able to offer advice and treatment for many minor conditions such as; flu-like symptoms, rashes and headaches. Their service also includes treatment for babies and children for certain common conditions such as nappy rash, colic and teething.
Pharmacists are trained professionals and experts in medication and their use. Anything you share with them is confidential.
Patients who don’t normally pay for NHS prescriptions can receive medicines under the Pharmacy First scheme free of charge. For those who pay for prescriptions, it is likely that buying medicines from the pharmacy will be less expensive than the prescription charge. Your pharmacist will advise.