Two people are stood behind a desk in a pharmacy fulfilling daily tasks. One person is wearing green medical scrubs and a hijab, and the other person is wearing a white shirt, tie and trousers.

The Pharmacy First service provides some prescription medicines for seven conditions, if needed, without a GP appointment. Meaning you can get help without the wait.

Local pharmacists can now assess and treat patients for a number of minor conditions without the need for a GP appointment or prescription. The aim is to make it easier for people to get the help they need and to free up GP appointments.

Your pharmacist can give you advice on a range of conditions and can suggest medicines that can help, including:

  • sinusitis (adults and children aged 12 years and over)
  • sore throat (adults and children aged 5 years and over)
  • earache (children and young adults aged 1 to 17 years)
  • infected insect bite (adults and children aged 1 year and over)
  • impetigo (adults and children aged 1 year and over)
  • shingles (adults aged 18 years and over)
  • uncomplicated urinary tract infection (women aged 16 to 64 years).

Visit your pharmacy for a consultation today. If the pharmacy team are unable to help you, they will provide you with advice and may direct you to your GP surgery or another alternative services as appropriate.

Kenny Li, Chief Pharmacist at NHS Greater Manchester is encouraging people to use the Pharmacy First Service. He said “Pharmacists are highly trained medical professionals who already play a fantastic role in making sure that our minor illnesses are treated quickly. Pharmacy First will make it even quicker and easier for people across Greater Manchester to get the NHS care they need.’’

For more information visit our Pharmacy First page.

Pharmacy First | Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership (

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