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Pharmacy First

If you have got a common ailment such as a cough, sore throat, or sticky eye, please ask the practice receptionist or your local pharmacy about the Pharmacy First Scheme.

Pharmacy First is a scheme available from participating pharmacies for patients who are suffering from a common ailment and DO NOT pay for their prescriptions.  (exempt patients, children and those with pre-payment certificates)

Patients can get advice and treatment for a range of common ailments FREE OF CHARGE from participating pharmacies and no appointment is necessary.

Conditions included in scheme

  • Bites & stings
  • Chicken pox
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Skin rashes
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sprains and strains
  • Scabies
  • Infant colic
  • Warts & veruccas
  • Hayfever
  • Colds and nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Fungal infections
  • Cold sores
  • Teething
  • Oral Thrush
  • Constipation
  • Fever
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Indigestion
  • Nappy rash
  • Cough
  • Cystitis
  • Eye infection
  • Threadworms

How do I access the service?

There are several ways to access the service including

  •  self referral at the pharmacy
  • referral from your GP practice
  • referral from Out of Hours Service or 111

What do I need to take to the pharmacy?

You will need to take the following information with you

  • Confirmation of registration with your GP practice
  • Evidence of exemption from prescription charges
  • Your NHS number if known

Partcipating pharmacies in Cheadle

Ratcliffe Chemist, High Street, Cheadle  Tel: 01538 752196

Ratcliffe Chemist, Ashbourne Road, Cheadle  Tel: 01538 754046

Blythe Bridge Pharmacy, Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge   Tel: 01782 393127

Further information on the conditions covered and participating pharmacies can be found on the NHS website.

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