PHARMACY FIRST FOR MINOR AILMENTS
Pharmacy first is a scheme which offers Tower Hamlets residents access to health advice and treatment from their local pharmacy.
Under the scheme you can talk to your pharmacist in confidence about your concerns, without having to make an appointment. Pharmacists are experts in medicines, how they work and what conditions they treat. They can offer advice on minor ailments and decide whether you need to see a doctor.
How does the scheme work?
To take part in the scheme you need to visit the Chrisp Street Health Centre and get a Pharmacy First registration voucher from the practice staff. You will only need to do this the first time you use the scheme. You then need to take this voucher to your local participating pharmacy, you will then be registered at this pharmacy for advice and treatment whenever you need it.
What conditions are covered by the scheme?
The conditions covered by the scheme include: athletes foot, back pain, allergic conjunctivitis, infective conjunctivitis, constipation, contact dermatitis, coughs, diarrhoea, fever, hay fever, headlice, indigestion/heartburn, insect bites and stings, mouth ulcers, soft tissue injury, sore throat, teething, and vaginal thrush.
Do I need an appointment to see the pharmacist?
You don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist - you can just walk in when you need to. Advice provided by the pharmacist is confidential. The pharmacist may need to refer you back to your GP if more treatment is necessary.
How much does it cost?
There is not cost to take part in the scheme. If you do not normally pay a prescription charge pharmacists will be able to provide you with medicine for minor conditions for free. If you are not exempt from prescription charges, you will pay the normal fee to the pharmacists or buy the medicine if they are cheaper.
Which pharmacies are participating in the scheme?
All Tower Hamlets pharmacies are participating in this scheme. For further information, talk to the practice staff at the Health Centre.