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What is Pharmacy First?

The Pharmacy First scheme provides professional health care advice, treatments, and medicines for common illnesses without the need for a GP appointment or prescription.

It aims to provide a convenient and swift solution for minor health concerns, promoting accessibility to essential treatments. Patients can consult with our trained pharmacists who can assess their symptoms, offer guidance, and supply appropriate medications when deemed suitable.

This initiative is designed to address common, self-limiting conditions, such as mild infections or allergies, enabling individuals to receive timely care without burdening general practitioner services.

Pharmacy First enhances patient autonomy and contributes to the efficient use of healthcare resources by leveraging the expertise of pharmacists in managing minor health issues.

What Common Healthcare Conditions Can We Help With?

Pharmacy First covers eight common conditions

How Can I Access Treatment?

You can get treatment for these conditions by walking into any Pearl Chemist Group branch without an appointment. We also allow patients to book online.

GP receptionists, NHS 111 and providers of emergency care will also be able to direct you, if contacted.

What Will Happen When I Arrive at the Pharmacy?

The pharmacist will be able to speak to you privately in a separate consultation room. They may perform an examination or ask to access your medical records. The pharmacist will be able to recommend the best course of action, including issuing prescriptions for antibiotics or antivirals where necessary.

Prescription Charges?

Usual prescription charges will apply for the eight common conditions. Patients that are already exempt from prescription charges will still be exempt.

Important Considerations for Pharmacy First

If you are visiting the pharmacy for any of the conditions listed above, please ensure you inform the pharmacist if:

  • You are pregnant and/or breastfeeding.
  • You suspect you might be pregnant.
  • You are taking any other medications.
  • You have any known allergies.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

A: Yes, Pharmacy First is available on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary.

A: No, our pharmacists provide advice free of charge.

A: Please inform our pharmacist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding so that they can provide appropriate guidance.

A: Yes, if deemed necessary by the pharmacist, prescription medication can be provided.

A: It is important to inform our pharmacist of any allergies or medications you are currently taking to ensure safe and appropriate treatment recommendations.

A: By reducing the number of patients with common health conditions like sore throat or sinusitis, Pharmacy First aims to free up 10 million GP appointments a year by next winter for more complex diagnoses.

This will give GPs time and space to see patients with more complex conditions.

A: You can still choose to visit a GP if you wish to. Pharmacy First offers alternative access for these eight conditions and we encourage people to consult our highly trained pharmacists.