Pharmacy first

What is the Pharmacy First service?

Your local Pharmacy can offer health care advice and treatment for you and your family for many minor health conditions, at a time that suits you. Under our Pharmacy First service the Pharmacist can provide advice and treatment for certain conditions which you normally might want to discuss with your GP.

How does it work?

You don’t have to make an appointment; it will save you time as you won’t need to visit your GP to obtain a prescription. Visit your local Pharmacy and ask at the counter if the Pharmacy First service is available. Consultations are always free, you will be given advice and if necessary medicine(s) will be supplied to treat your symptoms. If you don’t pay for prescriptions from your doctor then any medicine supplied to you from the pharmacy will also be free of charge. If you normally pay for your prescriptions, then the standard prescription fee will be charged. However in many cases the medicines supplied will be cheaper to buy over the counter. The pharmacy will advise you of this.

How do I register?

What does the service offer?

There are two levels of service. 

Level 1 Core Service:

Level 2 service:

Click here to view or download a list of pharmacies providing the service as well as the level of service they offer. If your pharmacist feels that it is better for you to see your GP or feels that you need a medicine that is not available under the service then they may refer you directly or advise you to make an appointment with your GP.

Click here to view or download the information leaflet.