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 often be quicker than seeing a GP, and we would recommend visiting your pharmacy first for any of the conditions treated on the scheme. If you are entitled to free prescriptions, you can be treated free of charge. Eligible patients must show their proof of exemption to the pharmacy.
When you use the Pharmacy First scheme, the pharmacist will assess 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 medicines. Of course, you may still choose to purchase an over the counter medicine.
You may use this scheme if you are suffering with any of the following minor ailments:
- Bites or Stings
- Colds and flu
- Nasal congestion
- Fever (temperature)
- Indigestion or Heartburn
- Pain Relief
- Vaginal Thrush
So, if you have any of the above conditions, visit your Pharmacy First for treatment.