Pharmacy First - Launched 31 January 2024

The Pharmacy First scheme was launched by the UK Government and NHS England on 31 January 2024 to give patients quick and accessible care and to ease pressure on GP services.

Patients can now get treatment for seven common conditions directly from their local pharmacy, without the need for a GP appointment or prescription.

The 7 common symptoms Pharmacy First can treat;
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore throat 
  • Earache
  • Infected insect bite 
  • Impetigo 
  • Shingles 
  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women 
You can get treatment for these conditions by booking online, or walking into a participating pharmacy. GP surgeries, NHS 111 and providers of emergency care will also be able to direct patients to pharmacies, that offer the service, if contacted.

You can read more about this service here.