Pain and inflammation, high temperature/fever, coughs, colds and nasal congestion, minor eye infections, constipation and stomach upsets, fungal infections (e.g. athletes foot), cold sores…
As part of a national initiative called Pharmacy First, local community pharmacists are able to offer free treatment for a range of common health conditions without the need for a prescription. These include urinary tract infections, impetigo, bacterial conjunctivitis, vaginal thrush, skin conditions such as eczema and contact dermatitis and skin infections such as cellulitis, insect bites and nail infections. For more information see the Pharmacy First Leaflet.
The Pharmacy Minor Ailments Service also offers people free advice and treatment for many common illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throats. To qualify you must be registered with a GP in Scotland, and not as a temporary resident or a resident in a care home.
There is no need to make an appointment – just walk into any pharmacy to access the expert advice and services on offer.
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Did You Know?
In Forth Valley there are 70 community pharmacies spread across the entire region who, between them, dispensed more than five million prescriptions last year
More than 40,000 Forth Valley residents have registered to use the NHS Pharmacy Minor Ailments Service
Community pharmacies offer a range of services including: emergency contraception, advice and treatment to stop smoking, travel advice, weight management, health checks and many more