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.
It’s important that you don’t run out of essential medicines and you should check which items are needed, especially before holiday periods and long weekends. However, medicines which you receive regularly on repeat prescription from your GP should not be hoarded and you should only order items you require…
THINK before you order
CHECK what medicines you still have
ORDER only what you need
If you run out of your regular medicines and can’t obtain a prescription from your GP, your local community pharmacy may be able to give you an urgent supply of repeat medication or refer you to your local NHS Out of Hours service. If you receive a prescription from the NHS Primary Care Out-of-Hours service they will be able to direct you to a pharmacy which can dispense it.
Local pharmacists in Forth Valley are also 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.
Remember turning up at an Emergency Department because you have run out of your regular medicines may cause delays for patients who are seriously ill.
Read Medicines in Scotland: What’s the right treatment for me? for more information.
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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.
- Unused medicines cost the health service in Forth Valley £5 million each year. This is the equivalent of 800 hip replacements or 600 heart by-pass operations so please order only the medicines that you require. Some community pharmacies in Forth Valley also provide other pharmaceutical services including: Oxygen service, Palliative care, Stoma service and Disposal of pharmaceutical waste.