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Think Pharmacy First Posted or Updated on 5 Jun 2024

Did you know that community pharmacies can offer treatment for seven common conditions without you needing to see a GP? Pharmacists can now assess and provide you with medications to treat your:

  • Earache
  • Impetigo
  • Infected insect bites
  • Shingles
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) for women aged 16 to 64

Available on the high-street, your community pharmacists have the skills and training to treat you for these conditions. You don’t need to make an appointment and private consultations are often available in the pharmacy.

Community pharmacists will direct you to other local services if they think you need to see someone else.

So don't wait for minor health concerns to get worse – think pharmacy first and be seen by your local pharmacy team.

For more information, www.nhs.uk/thinkpharmacyfirst

The seven conditions a pharmacist could help with are:

Clinical pathway Age range

Acute Otitis Media*

* Distance Selling Pharmacies will not complete consultations for Acute Otitis Media.

1 to 17 years

Impetigo

1 year and over

Infected insect bites

1 year and over

Shingles

18 years and over

Sinusitis

12 years and over

Sore throat

5 years and over

Uncomplicated urinary tract infections

Women 16-64 years

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Residential/
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Ultrasound
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Local Services
Residential/
Nursing Care
Ultrasound
Scanning
Osteopathy