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New Advanced Pharmacy First Service

Pharmacy First is a new service provided by NHS England to help you get access to the right care from the right person at the right time.

Patients suffering with any of these seven conditions can be treated with an appropriate antibiotic/antiviral medicine at participating community pharmacies.

  • Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection
  • Shingles
  • Acute Otitis Media
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Infected insect bites
  • Impetigo
  • Acute Sore Throat

You can access this service by walking into a participating pharmacy directly (self-referral), or where appropriate, by contacting them by video consultation.

In addition, you will also be able to access the service through a referral from any of the following:

  • NHS 111 (online or telephone)
  • NHS App
  • Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Services
  • Urgent Treatment Centres
  • Emergency Departments
  • 999
  • General Practice

To make sure your local pharmacy is providing Pharmacy First, or to find an alternative pharmacy near you, please use the service finder on NHS.UK website.