Sometimes when you or your family are unwell, you may not need to make an appointment to see your GP (family doctor).
For some illnesses and minor ailments, your local community pharmacist can provide free medication and advice to help you feel better.
The Think Pharmacy First scheme is available to adults who are entitled to free prescriptions on the grounds of low income, and to their children. People over 60 are also entitled to use the scheme.
Advice from your Community Pharmacist is always free. Pharmacists are highly qualified health professionals and are experts in the use of medicines. They are qualified to diagnose and treat all the minor ailments on the Think Pharmacy First scheme.
Community Pharmacists are also the “doorway” to NHS services and can advise if your condition needs to be seen by another health professional such as a GP. They can also tell you where other local NHS services are located, such as the nearest walk-in centre.
If you are already entitled to free prescriptions then treatment may also be free on the Think Pharmacy First scheme. For example, if you have a headache, you may be given paracetamol by your pharmacist.
Free advice and treatment is available for the following minor health conditions:
|Bites & Stings||Ear Wax|
|Chicken Pox||Fungal & Yeast Infections|
|Colds||General Muscular Aches & Pains|
|Cold Sores||Genital Thrush|
|Conjunctivitis||Heartburn & Indigestion|
|Cystitis in Women||Oral Thrush|
|Dermatitis & Eczema||Threadworm|
|Diarrhoea||Warts & Veruccea|
for further information go direct to the website to find your nearest pharmacy http://www.southtynesideccg.nhs.uk/thinkpharmacyfirst