Pharmacy First

If you or a member of your family are suffering from a minor ailment or illness

There is a service, available from every pharmacy in Scotland, called the Pharmacy First service which is available to:

  • Everyone registered with a GP practice in Scotland or the Defence Medical Services on a permanent or temporary basis (including care home residents).
  • People who live in Scotland (including gypsy or travellers / asylum seeker or dependant of an asylum seeker).

Visitors to Scotland are excluded.

Minor ailments or illnesses, which can be treated include:

  • acne, athlete's foot, allergies
  • backache
  • coldsores, constipation, coughs
  • diarrhoea
  • earache, eczema
  • haemorrhoids (piles), hay fever, headache, head lice
  • indigestion
  • mouth ulcers,
  • nasal congestion
  • pain, period pain
  • sore throat, thrush, threadworms
  • warts and verrucas
  • colds
  • eye infections
  • travel sickness
  • teething advice
  • worms

Even if you are not eligible for this service the pharmacist will be able to provide you with advice on any of the ailments/illnesses listed above. If the pharmacist is not able to help and the surgery is closed, s/he can refer you to an out-of-hours doctor without you having to call NHS 24 if appropriate. Find out more HERE