What is Pharmacy First?

You may have seen in the news about Pharmacy First and the new range of conditions pharmacists can now treat direct. It has now gone live and is available in over 90% of national pharmacies.

 Pharmacy First will enable community pharmacists to supply prescription-only medicines, including antibiotics and antivirals where clinically appropriate, to treat seven common health conditions without the need to visit a GP.


What are the seven common conditions?

Condition Age Range
Sinusitis 12 years and over
Sore Throat 5 years and over
Earache 1 to 17 years old
Infected insect bite 1 year and over
Impetigo 1 year and over
Shingles 18 years and over
Uncomplicated UTIs Women 16-64 years

How can I access treatment from my pharmacy?

You can get treatment for these conditions by walking into the pharmacy or contacting them virtually. As your GP practice we can also refer directly to the pharmacy if your symptoms are suitable.


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 on an individual patient basis, including by issuing prescriptions for antibiotics or antivirals where necessary.


Will I have to pay for my medication?

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


How to find out more?

If you want to find out more please visit these sites: