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If you or family members suffer from hay fever and usually see your GP for a free prescription you can now get help from your pharmacist.

Under the pilot ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme people receiving free prescriptions, including children under the age of 16, who are registered with a GP practice in South Derbyshire, could receive free treatment from participating community pharmacists without having to see a GP.

The scheme, run by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, covers hay fever and a range of common or minor conditions including:

• athlete’s foot

• bacterial conjunctivitis

• constipation

• dental pain

• diarrhoea

• earache

• haemorrhoids

• head lice

• insect bites/stings

• sore throat

• teething

• temperature/fever

• threadworms

• thrush.

Pharmacy First launched in March and so far 79 people have received trained medical help from their community pharmacist – 71 of whom would have otherwise had to see their GP.

Patients who do not pay NHS prescription charges receive free treatment and anyone who pays for prescriptions should find the cost of medicine is much less than a prescription charge.

Steve Hulme, Director of Medicines Management for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “People with allergies can really suffer at this time of year but there’s no need to struggle on.

“You can get advice and fast, effective treatment either free – or at lower cost – from your trained pharmacist.

“If you don’t qualify for free prescriptions you can buy reasonably priced over-the-counter remedies. 

“This scheme helps you and also keeps GP appointments free for people who have more serious illnesses.”

To use the scheme patients need to be registered to any of the following GP practices:

•Gresleydale Healthcare Centre, Glamorgan Way, Church Gresley, DE11 9JT

•Newhall Surgery, 46-48 High Street, Newhall, DE11 0HU

•Swadlincote Surgery, Darklands Road, DE11 0PP

•Woodville Surgery, The Surgery, Burton Road, Woodville, DE11 7JG

•Heartwood Medical Practice, Swadlincote Health Centre, Civic Way, DE11 0AE

Participating community pharmacies are:

•Boots – 15-17 High Street,  Swadlincote, DE11 8JE

•Brennan’s Pharmacy – Swadlincote Surgery, Darklands Road, DE11 0PP

•Dean & Smedley Ltd – Newhall Pharmacy, High street, Newhall, DE11 0HU

•Dean & Smedley Ltd – Unit 1, 42 High Street, Woodville, DE11 7EA

•Dean & Smedley Ltd – 1 West Street, Swadlincote, DE11 9DG

•Manor Pharmacy Ltd – 4 Church Street, Church Gresley, DE11 9NP

•Manor Pharmacy Ltd – Glamorgan Way, Church Gresley, DE11 9JT

•B J Wilson’s Pharmacy – 39 Linton Rd, Castle Gresley,  DE11 9HS

•Sainsbury’s Pharmacy – Civic Way, Swadlincote, DE11 0AD

The six-month pilot scheme could be rolled out across the whole CCG area if successful.

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Published: 09/05/2016