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Pharmacy First

What is Pharmacy First?

Pharmacy First allows you, the patient to access services at our pharmacy for minor illnesses, which do not require a visit to the GP.

This new service involves our pharmacists providing advice and NHS-funded treatment, for seven common conditions:

  • Sinusitis

  • Sore throat

  • Earache

  • Infected insect bite

  • Impetigo

  • Shingles

  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women

Expert care in Southall and Hillingdon​

Pharmacy First gives you the convenience and immediate access to our Pharmacy Services in Southall and Hillingdon.

As an organisation with over 40 years of experience, we are experts in medicines and are trained to deliver these services. 

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How does Pharmacy First work?

Pharmacy First service is aimed to provide convenient and timely access to healthcare services through community pharmacies. In this service, you can visit Puri Pharmacy without the need for a visit to your GP.

Our pharmacist will conduct a consultation with you and make recommendations, similar to how your GP does. We will be able to prescribe certain prescription-only medicines under a Patient Group Directive (PGD), such as antibiotics. 

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The consultation with our pharmacist is completely free. If we prescribe you a prescription-only-medicine, the price you pay is the same as if it was a normal prescription. If you do not routinely pay, then it is free. 

We are able to prescribe certain prescription-only medicines under a Patient Group Directive (PGD), such as antibiotics if appropriate

We understand how busy you are and that is why we can do your consultation over the phone or via video if appropriate. Please note, for any appointments relating to symptoms of ear pain, we must assess you in the pharmacy

You can simply walk into the pharmacy and ask to speak to the pharmacist. If you prefer to book an appointment, you can schedule a free consultation. 

You may have to wait a few moments if our pharmacist is busy. 

Pharmacy First is a consultation service which allows patients to be referred to a community pharmacy for a minor illness or an urgent repeat medicine supply.

Pharmacy First will enable community pharmacists to supply prescription-only medicines, including antibiotics and antivirals where clinically appropriate, to treat seven common health conditions without the need to visit a GP

Our pharmacist will undergo a consultation with you to understand more about your symptoms. We may check your temperature, blood pressure and other routine checks to make an accurate diagnosis. 

Once that is complete, we can recommend a suitable medicine for you to take as well as any other advice. 

Acute otitis media-  1 to 17 years
Impetigo – 1 year and over
Infected insect bites – 1 year and over
Shingles –  18 years and over
Sinusitis – 12 years and over
Sore throat – 5 years and over
Uncomplicated urinary tract infections – Women 16-64 years