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Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Service

Many pharmacies within Eastern Cheshire offer the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Service. As an alternative to visiting your GP, the service aims to make it easier for you and your family to get healthcare and advice on minor ailments at a time that suits you. Listen to our radio advert to hear what the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Service can do for you.

Your local pharmacist can offer advice and, if necessary, prescribe medication to treat the following ailments under the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Service:

  • conjunctivitis
  • cystitis
  • impetigo
  • oral thrush in babies

Click here for a poster telling you more about what the service entitles you to.

Click here if you're a pharmacist referring a patient to their GP.

Click here if you're a pharmacist looking for the prescription drugs funded by the CCG for minor ailments service.

Click here for a leaflet telling GP practices when they can refer patients to the service.

Click here for the names, addresses and opening times of Eastern Cheshire pharmacies providing the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments service. Also included are details of pharmacies providing the service in South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

Consultations are always free and confidential, regardless of whether the pharmacist gives you any medication.

If you do not have to pay for your prescription from your doctor, then the medication prescribed for you by the pharmacist will also be free of charge.

If you normally pay the standard fee for your prescription, then this would be the maximum amount you would be charged. However, in many circumstances, the medicine will be cheaper to buy over the counter and the pharmacist will advise you of this. 

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published an animation which promotes the role of pharmacists in integrated care.