A Guide to the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme

A Guide to the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme

15 / Feb

A Guide to the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme

When it comes to healthcare, convenience and accessibility are paramount, that is why we are now proudly taking part in the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme. This scheme offers a spectrum of treatments and advice for various common ailments. This blog aims to shed light on what the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme entails, how patients can access it, and the myriad benefits it brings to individuals seeking prompt relief and guidance.

What is the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme?

The NHS Pharmacy First Scheme is a visionary program designed to empower patients by providing direct access to healthcare services through community pharmacies like Shivas Pharmacy. Under this scheme, individuals can receive advice, treatment, and guidance from trained pharmacists for a range of minor ailments and conditions without the need for a doctor’s appointment. This initiative aims to streamline the healthcare process, alleviate pressure on primary care services, and ensure timely access to essential treatments.

Accessing the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme

Accessing the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme is remarkably straightforward, ensuring that individuals can receive timely care without unnecessary hurdles. Patients can simply walk into Shivas Pharmacy during operating hours and request assistance for any of the eligible conditions covered under the scheme. Our friendly and knowledgeable pharmacists are readily available to provide expert advice, recommend suitable treatments, and address any concerns patients may have regarding their health.


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Conditions Covered by the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme

The NHS Pharmacy First Scheme caters to a diverse range of minor ailments and conditions, ensuring that patients can receive comprehensive care close to home. Here’s a list of the conditions we can assist with:

Ear Infections: Our pharmacists are equipped to recommend appropriate pain relief and treatment options for ear infections, helping individuals find relief from discomfort and promoting swift recovery.

Impetigo: Patients grappling with impetigo can receive guidance on over-the-counter remedies to address this common skin condition, ensuring comfort and effective management of symptoms.

Infected Insect Bites: Pharmacists at Shivas Pharmacy can recommend suitable pain relievers and treatments to alleviate symptoms associated with infected insect bites, providing relief and facilitating healing.

Shingles: Individuals aged 18 and over suffering from shingles can seek prompt treatment through our NHS Pharmacy First Scheme, receiving essential care to manage this painful viral infection.

Sinusitis: Whether it’s offering advice on managing symptoms naturally or recommending medication for quick relief, our pharmacists are well-versed in providing guidance for sinusitis, ensuring individuals can alleviate sinus pain and discomfort.

Sore Throat: We extend treatment for sore throats to individuals aged 5 years and older, offering effective remedies to ease discomfort and promote recovery.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Patients aged 16 to 64 experiencing symptoms of an uncomplicated UTI can receive immediate advice and, if appropriate, treatments to alleviate discomfort, ensuring swift resolution of this common urinary condition.


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Benefits of the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme

The NHS Pharmacy First Scheme has a multitude of benefits for patients seeking convenient and accessible healthcare solutions:

Convenience: With no need for appointments, patients can simply walk into Shivas Pharmacy and receive timely assistance for minor ailments, eliminating the hassle of scheduling doctor visits.

Accessibility: By leveraging the extensive network of community pharmacies, the scheme ensures that individuals across diverse geographical locations can access essential healthcare services with ease.

Prompt Relief: Through swift access to expert advice and treatments, patients can find relief from symptoms and discomfort associated with various minor ailments, promoting a quicker recovery process.

Relieving Pressure on Primary Care: By diverting minor ailment cases to community pharmacies, the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme helps alleviate pressure on primary care services, ensuring that doctors can focus on more complex medical issues.

Empowering Patients: By enabling direct access to pharmacists for advice and treatment, the scheme empowers patients to take control of their health and make informed decisions regarding their well-being.

Book an Appointment

The NHS Pharmacy First Scheme stands as a testament to the NHS’s commitment to revolutionising healthcare delivery, placing patient convenience and accessibility at the forefront. Shivas Pharmacy is proud to participate in this initiative, offering comprehensive care and guidance for a range of minor ailments. Through this scheme, we strive to empower individuals to manage their health effectively, ensuring that prompt relief and support are always within reach. Contact us to find out more about the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme at Shivas Pharmacy, and embark on a journey towards optimal health and well-being.


This blog was written on behalf of Shivas Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.