Get Fast Medical Help With Pharmacy First

People who are eligible for free prescriptions can get fast, effective advice and treatment for minor ailments from community pharmacies across southern Derbyshire from today (1 Dec).

The ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme will be available at community pharmacies to provide advice and treatment so people get medical support from their pharmacist, without needing to visit their doctor.

Illnesses people can get help with include:

  • temperature/fever
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • teething
  • bacterial conjunctivitis
  • constipation
  • dental pain
  • earache
  • haemorrhoids
  • threadworm
  • thrush
  • head lice
  • athlete’s foot 

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is rolling out the scheme following a successful pilot in Swadlincote, which ran from March this year. 

Steve Hulme, Director of Medicines Management, Clinical Policies and Pharmacy for the CCG, said: “We’re doing all we can to make it as easy as possible for people who have a common illness, or are under the weather, to get fast, effective help and health advice, and if needed treatment from their participating community pharmacy.  

“Rather than making an appointment at the GP practice they’re registered to, eligible patients can visit any of the participating community pharmacies of their choice. No appointment is necessary. 

“This helps them get well quickly and means people with more urgent or serious needs can see their GP sooner.” 

The CCG covers the south of the county, including:

  • Alfreton

  • Ashbourne

  • Belper

  • Derby

  • Duffield

  • Heanor

  • Ripley

  • Swadlincote

  • Wirksworth

Most pharmacies are open throughout the day and there are some that are also open until midnight and at weekends. To find out about your local community pharmacy opening times visit 

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

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

To find out more about Pharmacy First visit

Published: 01/12/2016