People can now get treatment for seven common health conditions directly from their local pharmacist, without needing a GP appointment.
The Pharmacy First scheme, which launched on 31 January, aims to make it easier and quicker for patients to access care and treatment on their high street, while easing pressure on GP services.
Under the scheme pharmacists can supply prescription-only medicines to treat seven conditions, where assessment indicates this is appropriate, without patients needing to visit their GP practice. The conditions are:
- Sore throat
- Infected insect bite
- Impetigo (a bacterial skin infection)
- Uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women
The service is available direct from pharmacies or by referral from a GP, NHS 111 or other health services.
If prescription medicines are not appropriate, pharmacists will offer advice or ‘over the counter’ medicines, or both. Visit the Integrated Care Bureau pharmacy page for more information about local pharmacy services and to find your nearest pharmacy.