Pharmacy First Scheme launched on 1 April 2015 to help reduce pressure on GP appointments and avoidable A&E Attendances
What is the Pharmacy First scheme?
Pharmacists are highly trained experts in medicines. The Pharmacy First scheme gives you quick and local access to advice and treatment from the pharmacist at your local pharmacy about common illnesses. You don't need to wait to see your doctor and you don't need an appointment.
If you don't pay for your prescriptions the pharmacist will be able to give you medicines to treat the conditions listed below and they will be free.
What treatments are available on the scheme?
The Pharmacy First scheme covers advice and treatment for the conditions as shown above.
Who can use this service?
Everyone can get free advice from any pharmacist but to be able to get free medicines you must be registered with a Southwark GP and entitled to free prescriptions.
If you normally pay for your prescriptions you can still get free advice from any pharmacy but you will still be charged the retail price of any medicines provided.
Can I go to any pharmacy?
Most pharmacies in Southwark offer the Pharmacy First scheme. Look out for posters in the pharmacy or obtain a leaflet from the surgery (Copy also available below to print)
Print a Leaflet with details of your local participating pharmacies:
Pharmacy First Practice Leaflet
For Further Information on the Pharmacy First Scheme:
SELF CARE LEAFLETS
South East London Area Prescribing Committee (SEL APC) self-care patient information leaflets have been made available to support patients manage short term illnesses and/or minor conditions through the recommendation of over the counter medicines in line with NHS Southwark CCG and NHS England guidance.
Self-care patient information leaflets are available for the following short-term illnesses/minor conditions:
Your Guide to Coughs, Colds, Earache & Sore Throats for Children
When Should I Worry Booklet
Self Care Leaflet:
Are You Aware What You Can Do at Home to Self Care
Self Care and Over The Counter Medicines - 'NHS Southwark CCG no longer supports the routine prescribing on the NHS of medications for short term illnesses and minor conditions and health supplements’:
Over The Counter Medicines, Malaria Prophylaxis and Travel Vaccinations Information
Local information about looking after your own help is provided by Southwark CCG.
Trustworthy advice about medical conditions is available on NHS Choices.
Southwark Wellbeing Hub
When you’re worried about your mental wellbeing, it can be hard to know where to start. Sometimes it can feel like there are too many options to choose from, at others, like there aren’t enough. It can be difficult to know exactly what kind of support you might need, where to find it, and how to go about accessing it.
Service providing information and support to anyone living in Southwark who is worried about their wellbeing, or that of someone close to them.
Finding the right support can seem complicated and overwhelming. Southwark Wellbeing Hub make the process simpler.
To find out more about the Southwark Wellbeing Hub, have a read about them and get in touch so that we can get to know you and see how we can help.
OLDER PEOPLE OVER 50 years old
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Southwark S.A.I.L.™ (Safe and Independent Living) provide a quick and simple way to access a wide range of local services to support older people in maintaining their independence, safety and wellbeing.
Anyone can make a S.A.I.L. referral by simply answering the yes/no questions on the checklist below. Age UK Lewisham and Southwark, working in partnership with local S.A.I.L. agencies, will coordinate and monitor the response.
The checklist enables access to a wide range of support services which improve:
- Health and well-being
- Mental resilience
- Isolation and social exclusion
- Financial inclusion
- Fire safety and wider home security issues
- Safeguarding concerns
- Personal safety and security
Southwark S.A.I.L.™ is available to Southwark residents over the age of 50.
BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA, CONSTIPATION, ECZEMA OR EPILEPSY
Please refer to the leaflet below, for various well being resources.
This information may change from time to time but we hope this guide will help to point you in the right direction to seek any support.