Pharmacy first

What to do for minor ailments.

Pharmacies in our area offer the Pharmacy First service. If you have a common minor ailment, please visit your local pharmacist for treatment with over-the-counter medication rather than booking an appointment with the surgery.

All local pharmacies are offering the Pharmacy First service (or the similar Minor Ailments Service).

Pharmacists are trained to be able to advise you on a range of common conditions, making it easier and quicker for you to get help without waiting for an appointment with the GP.

How it works

Simply walk into your local pharmacist and ask for some advice.

The treatment for most common conditions is about doing the right things for yourself. However, if medication is needed then the pharmacist will make the appropriate recommendation, which will be free for those who are exempt prescription charges.

Also, remember that many pharmacies are open at weekends and evenings.

Sorts of conditions a pharmacist can help with

  • Cough
  • Common cold
  • Earache
  • Sore throat
  • Threadworms
  • Teething
  • Athlete‚Äôs foot
  • Thrush
  • Hay fever
  • Fever
  • Blocked nose
  • Sprain or strain
  • Head lice