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Pharmacy First Fun at Swadlincote Festival

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Visitors to Swadlincote Festival of Leisure found out about getting advice and treatment for minor ailments from their community pharmacist.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group hosted a stand to promote the ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme at the festival on Saturday (25 June) at Maurice Lea Memorial Park, Swadlincote.

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

Ailments covered by Pharmacy First include:

  • insect bites/stings
  • head lice
  • temperature/fever
  • teething
  • athlete’s foot
  • bacterial conjunctivitis
  • constipation
  • dental pain
  • diarrhoea
  • earache
  • haemorrhoids
  • sore throat
  • threadworms
  • Thrush.

Pharmacy First launched in March and so far 143 people have received trained medical help from their community pharmacist – 134 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.

Caroline Brew, Project Manager for Community Pharmacy for the CCG, will be among the staff talking to festival goers.

She said:  said: “Pharmacy First is great because you can get fast, effective advice and treatment either free, or at a lower cost.

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

“This scheme helps you and contributes to keeping GP appointments free so when you have a need for a doctor you can see them about 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
  • Overseal Surgery, 1 Hallcroft Avenue, Overseal, DE12 6JF

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 launched in March and could be rolled out across the whole CCG area if successful.

Find out more about Pharmacy First at http://nhsstaywellderbyshire.co.uk/services/pharmacy/ 
Pharmacy First Fun at Swadlincote Festival