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Pharmacy First

Pharmacy First is an initiative recently introduced in Southern Derbyshire to ensure continuity for those entitled to free prescriptions. It has been implemented to encourage people to visit a Pharmacist for minor ailments allowing GPs to spend more time on their urgent and more complex cases.

The Initiative

Rather than having to see a GP to be exempt from prescription charges, Pharmacy First allows patients to receive their free prescription when it is prescribed by a pharmacist. Patients who are not exempt from prescription charges are still able to see the Pharmacist for free advice, and medicine should cost less than a normal prescription charge. See the leaflet for more information.

The Pharmacist

Pharmacists are trained to treat minor ailments. They have private consultation rooms to provide a high-quality and confidential service without booking an appointment. If they feel you need to see a GP they will direct you but under the Pharmacy First scheme they can treat you for the following:

  • Athlete's Foot (1yr+)*
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis (2yrs+)
  • Constipation (1yr+)
  • Diarrhoea (2yrs+)
  • Earache (3mths+)
  • Temperature/Fever associated with simple URTI (3mths+)
  • Haemorrhoids (18yrs+)
  • Hayfever (2yrs+)
  • Head Lice (6mths+)
  • Insect Bites and Stings (Below 75yrs)
  • Sore Throat (3mths+)
  • Teething (3-36mths)
  • Threadworm (2yrs+)
  • Toothache (Dental Pain) (3yrs+)
  • Thrush (Between 16-60yrs) 

*Age requirement - Babies under 3 months are not eligible and should see their GP


  • Be registered with a Southern Derbyshire CCG GP Practice - which Ashbourne Medical practice is
  • Be exempt from prescription charges - the pharmacist can still assist you and prescribe to you if not
  • Be suffering from the illness and attend the pharmacy in person
  • NOT for requesting specific medicine from the pharmacy

For more information and to find participating pharmacies take a look at the NHS Stay Well Derbyshire Website.

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