How to get the most out of the NHS:

Think Pharmacy First

As well as free medical advice, your local community pharmacy can now also provide free medication for some illnesses and minor ailments under a scheme called Think Pharmacy First. 

Freeing up appointments about warts, athletes foot, colds and more would allow your GP to spend more time tackling challenging problems.

Instead of waiting for an appointment, visit your local community pharmacy instead.

For the minor ailments listed below, your first port of call should be your local pharmacy. You can head in to whichever one is closest to you as every single pharmacy in the North East offers this service! The pharmacist will give you a brief consultation and diagnose you where appropriate. If you need medication, the pharmacist will offer you the cheapest possible treatment. If you usually pay for your prescriptions, the cost of the medication will be the cost of a standard prescription at the very most! Otherwise, if there is a cheap over the counter equivalent, the pharmacist will offer that first. All children under the age of 16 get free prescriptions.

¨ Aches and pains                                                        ¨ Diarrhoea

¨ Athletes foot                                                              ¨ Ear ache

¨ Back pain                                                                   ¨ Eczema or dermatitis

¨ Bites and stings                                                          ¨ Haemorrhoids

¨ Chicken pox                                                               ¨ Hay fever

¨ Colds                                                                          ¨ Mouth ulcers

¨ Cold sores                                                                  ¨ Nappy rash

¨ Conjunctivitis                                                             ¨ Teething

¨ Constipation                                                               ¨ Threadworm

¨ Cystitis in women                                                       ¨ Thrush

¨ Verruca's and warts

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