Dudley CCG are giving people in Dudley an extra option to get trained medical help to stay well with the launch of a new â€˜Pharmacy Firstâ€™ scheme.
The initiative â€“ which started on 1st June 2018, highlights the quickest and easiest way to get advice, treatment with medicines, if needed, for a range of minor health conditions at local community pharmacists.
Following an assessment at a participating pharmacy people who do not pay NHS prescription charges may be offered medicine, at no cost to the patient. And anyone who pays for prescriptions should find the cost of medicine is much less than a prescription charge.
Health conditions covered include:
âœ™ Fever (High Temperature)
âœ™ Earache, Pain and Headache
âœ™ Athletes Foot
âœ™ Bites, Stings and Allergies
âœ™ Cold and Flu
âœ™ Cold Sores
âœ™ Dry Skin (Simple Eczema)
âœ™ Dermatitis/Allergic Rash
âœ™ Heartburn and Indigestion
âœ™ Infant Decongestant
âœ™ Mouth Ulcers and Teething
âœ™ Nappy Rash
âœ™ Oral Thrush
âœ™ Sore Throat
âœ™ Sprains and Strains
âœ™ Vaginal Thrush
âœ™ Warts and Verrucae
Jag Sangha, Pharmaceutical Adviser, Community Pharmacy and Public Health, said; â€œWe would like to encourage people to think of their local pharmacy first when they are feeling unwell.
â€œPharmacy First means people wonâ€™t always need to visit the GP for a less serious illness but can still get expert, confidential advice and reassurance from a trained healthcare professional.
This also builds on the role of pharmacists as part of the multidisciplinary team in primary care, making the best use of their clinical skills.â€
â€œMost pharmacies have a private consultation room, appointments are not necessary and they are often close by GP surgeries, the high street, shopping centres and supermarkets so theyâ€™re easy to get toâ€
Want to know more about Pharmacy First? Speak to your local pharmacist or your GP.
To find your nearest participating community pharmacy, go to www.dudleyccg.nhs.uk/prescribing/
To view our Pharmacy First patient leaflet click here