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NHS Pharmacy First

NHS Pharmacy First is an NHS service which is provided by your local community pharmacy.

If you have a minor illness your Pharmacy is the first place you should go for advice. You do not need an appointment and can go to any community pharmacy. You can use the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland if you are registered with a GP in Scotland or you live in Scotland.

 Your pharmacist can give you advice for a minor illness and medicine if they think you need it. Pharmacists, like GP’s, can only provide certain medicines on the NHS. If you want a specific medicine or product you may need to buy it.

 If your pharmacist thinks it is better for you to see your GP they may refer you.

The pharmacist will ask you about your symptoms; give you advice on your condition; provide medication (if you need it); refer you to another health professional if they think this is necessary.

For further information contact:

Your local pharmacy or

NHS Inform helpline (0800 224488) (calls from a landline are free) or

Pharmacy can provide advice on symptoms. Pharmacists can also provide treatments for some conditions included those listed below, or can refer to GP if appropriate.

Acne  Athletes Foot  Allergies  Backache  Blocked or runny nose 

Cold sores  Constipation  Cough  Cystitis (in women)  Diarrhoea  Earache

Eczema  Headache  Head Lice  Haemorrhoids (piles)  Hay fever 

Impetigo (aged >2 years)  Indigestion  Mouth ulcers  Pain  Period pain        

Sore throat  Threadworms  Thrush  Warts  Verrucas  Smoking Cessation 

Emergency contraception  Sore throats for less than 3 days

UTI (Women age 16-25)  Conjunctivitis (aged over 1)

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