Think Pharmacy First Update

Pharmacists can give you advice on a range of conditions and suggest medicines that can help.

They may also be able to offer treatment and some prescription medicine for some conditions, without you needing to see a GP (this is called Pharmacy First).

Conditions they can treat as part of Pharmacy First are:

•                     Earache (aged 1 to 17 years)

•                     Impetigo (aged 1 year and over)

•                     Infected insect bites (aged 1 year and over)

•                     Shingles (aged 18 years and over)

•                     Sinusitis (aged 12 years and over)

•                     Sore throat (aged 5 years and over)

•                     Urinary tract infections or UTIs (women aged 16 to 64yrs)

•                     Morning after Pill (Free)

•                      Free BP check (over 40's on no medication)

•                     Conjunctivitis (over 2-year-old)

•                     Thrush (can also now give stronger treatment if needed)


If you go to a pharmacy with one of these conditions, the pharmacist will offer you advice, treatment or refer you to a GP or other healthcare professional if needed.

They will then update your GP health record.

If you are not within these age ranges, a pharmacist can still offer advice, but you may need to see a GP for treatment.

Published on 14 March 2024