Everyone can go to their pharmacist for free advice or to buy a medicine for a minor illness of ailment.
The minor ailments scheme (called Pharmacy First) is a new service for people registered with a Dudley GP who do not pay NHS prescription charges.
Pharmacy first allows you quicker and convenient access to similar advice from your pharmacist for a minor ailment, as you would get from your GP.
Where clinically appropriate, over the counter medications will be supplied free of charge without having to wait for a GP appointment.
Who is the service for?
- Entitled to a free prescription on the NHS.
- Registered with a Dudley CCG General Practice.
- Suffering from a minor illness included within the Pharmacy First conditions list.
Which pharmacy can I go to?
You can go to any pharmacy displaying the Pharmacy First Sign or you can access a list of participating pharmacies at the following website: www.dudleyccg.nhs.uk/prescribing
What will the pharmacist ask me?
The pharmacist may ask you a range of questions about:
- Your symptoms
- Your current medication history
- Any other illness you have
- Your NHS Number
The answers will help the pharmacist diagnosis and offer you the advice and treatment if necessary.
Will I always be given treatment?
You will always be given advice and treatment if appropriate. The pharmacist may decide that you need to see a GP and refer you back without giving you any medicine.
Will I still be able to see a GP
Yes, if your symptoms do not improve after seeing the pharmacist, you can make an appointment to see the GP or nurse.