Reedyford Health Care do not routinely prescribe medicines for minor ailments.  

This includes, amongst others, medicines such as:

  • Paracetamol
  • Decongestants
  • Ibuprofen
  • Cough Mixtures
  • Nappy creams
  • Laxatives
  • Antihistamines
  • Indigestion remedies
  • Multivitamins

Every year, approximately 57 million GP appointments are made for conditions which could be treated by the pharmacist.  Pharmacists are trained health professionals who can identify, provide advice and sell medication for the treatment of minor conditions.  They may also identify more serious conditions which would need to be seen by your GP.

By visiting your pharmacist you could save yourself time as no appointment is needed and many pharmacies are open in the evening and during the weekend.  By visiting the pharmacist for minor ailments, GP appointments would be more readily available for more serious conditions.  All information provided to your pharmacist is treated with the strictest of confidence.

Many ailments can be treated under 'Pharmacy First'.  Select the Pharmacy First tab to the right to view more information about this.

Are you aware of the 'Pharmacy First' scheme?  This scheme gives you an alternative choice of visiting a participating pharmacy for treatment for specific ailments under the scheme, instead of booking an appointment with your GP.  This can be quicker than seeing your GP and we would recommend visiting your pharmacy first for any of the conditions treated on the scheme.  If you are entitled to free prescription, you can be treated free of charge.

When you use the Pharmacy First scheme, the pharmacist will examine you, and make a decision whether there is a need for medication.  The pharmacist may decide that you need to see your doctor or simply offer advice without supplying medicine.

You may use this scheme if you are suffering with any of the following minor ailments:

  • Allergies
  • Bites or Stings
  • Colds and Flu
  • Cough
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever (Temperature)
  • Indigestion or Heartburn
  • Pain Relief
  • Toothache
  • Vaginal Thrush

So, if you have any of the above conditions, visit your Pharmacy First for treatment.

Do I Need Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are not recommended for most upper respiratory tract infections:

  • Most infections are caused by viruses - unfortunately, antibiotics won't work against viruses
  • Antibiotics won't make you feel better any faster and may cause unpleasant side effects, such as diarrhoea, thrush or a rash
  • Taking antibiotics may disrupt the balance between good and bad bacteria in your gut, this balance is important for a healthy immune system.

Don't Help Bugs Become Superbugs

Superbugs can develop as a result of using too many antibiotics.  Bacteria can adapt and survive against the effects of antibiotics, creating superbugs that are too powerful for antibiotics to work.  This is known as antibiotic resistance -

  • Carrying resistance bacteria means antibiotics might not work for you in the future
  • Resistance to antibiotics is a growing global problem and it will make treatment of infections much harder.

Did you know?  You can carry resistant bacteria for up to one year after taking an antibiotic.  That's why it's best to use antibiotics only when you really need them.


Get the right relief for your symptoms

Upper respiratory tract infections affect everyone slightly differently.  Your pharmacist can recommend specific products to treat your specific symptoms.

Relief is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and A, B, C:

1 - ASSESS your symptoms

Help your pharmacist by providing a description of your symptoms and concerns, and make them aware of any existing medical conditions.

2 - BEAT your symptoms

Ask your pharmacist for suitable medicines and formulations to treat your specific symptoms.  Your pharmacist can also advise on symptoms that mean you should see your doctor.

3Care for yourself

Drink plenty of fluids, get more rest and make sure you get medicines that suit you best - there are formulations available for most people.


If your symptoms do not improve, or if you develop new symptoms, contact your doctor for more advice.

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