Pharmacy First

Providing high quality health and care services

Pharmacy First increases accessibility to health care by supporting General Practice in providing medical service for the following 7 common conditions.

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

*Service not provided by distance pharmacies

Participating Pharmacists follow a robust clinical pathway for the 7 conditions, which includes self-care and safety-netting advice and, only if appropriate, supplying a restricted set of ‘prescription only’ medicines without the need to visit your GP.

The pathway has been developed with input from various experts including practising GPs, pharmacists, and antimicrobial resistance specialists as well as representatives from national organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and UK Health Security Agency.

Pharmacies have private consultation rooms that can be used for consultations with patients, and pharmacists can see patients for clinical services without always needing an appointment.

Every pharmacist has trained for 5 years in the use of medicines and managing minor illnesses, so they are well equipped to provide health and wellbeing advice to help people stay well. They are also experienced in spotting warning signs, otherwise known as red flag symptoms, which may warrant a referral to another healthcare provider.

After a consultation with the pharmacist, the pharmacy will send a notification to the patient’s GP on the same day or on the following working day.

Participating Pharmacies

Morrisons pharmacy Horndean
Swan Pharmacy, Petersfield
Allied, Liphook
Day Lewis, Petersfield


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