Pharmacy First scheme launched to help patients

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Health bosses are giving people an extra option to get trained medical help to stay well with the launch of a new ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme in south Derbyshire.

The initiative – which starts tomorrow (Tuesday 1 March) – 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:

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

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group is behind the initiative, launching the initial phase in the Swadlincote area.

Steve Hulme, Director of Medicines Management for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re keen for people to think of their local pharmacy first as it will help them get fast, effective, expert advice and treatment either at no cost – or at lower cost.

“This will help everyone, as those with less serious illness can go to their trained pharmacist for free advice and treatments to self-care, or buy medications for a minor ailment, and it will help keep GP appointments free for people who have more serious illnesses.

“Pharmacy First means people won’t always need to visit the GP for a less serious illness but can still get expert, confidential advice and reassurance from a healthcare professional.

“Most 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 they’re easy to get to.”

Facebook adverts will promote the service to people in the Swadlincote area for six weeks from tomorrow.

To access support patients need to register with one of the following participating community pharmacies, and be a registered patient with one of the following GP practices:


  • Boots the Chemist -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

GP practices

  • ·Gresleydale Surgery
  • ·Heartwood Surgery
  • ·Newhall Surgery
  • ·Overseal Surgery
  • ·Swadlincote Surgery
  • ·Woodville Surgery.

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Published: 01/03/2016