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.
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.
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.