The Pharmacy First Scheme aims to provide eligible patients who are registered with a GP practice contracted to NHS England North Midlands Staffordshire and Shropshire Area (NHSE S&S) with access to free advice and treatment for common ailments, characterised by acute onset, via Community Pharmacy. The service will be provided through Community Pharmacies contracted to NHS England North Midlands Staffordshire and Shropshire Area (NHSE S&S) who have signed a Service Level Agreement to provide the service. For local pharmacies, go to 

The overall aim of the scheme is to ensure that patients can access self-care advice for the treatment of common ailments and, where appropriate, can be supplied with over the counter medicines at NHS expense to treat their ailment. 

Patients accessing the scheme that are entitled to free prescriptions will receive medication free of charge. All current NHS exemptions (including those with valid pre-payment certificates) are applicable, and the patient will be asked to provide evidence of their exemption.

Patients that are not exempt will be required to pay the standard prescription charge.

Common Ailments List

Additional from 1 April 2019 - Female UTI and Impetigo

1 Bites and stings

2 Chickenpox

3 Colds/Flu-like symptoms/Nasal congestion

4 Cold sores

5 Conjunctivitis (Acute bacterial)

6 Constipation (Acute)

7 Cough

8 Cystitis

9 Dermatitis/Dry skin/Allergic type skin rash

10 Diarrhoea (Acute)

11 Earache

12 Fever management

13 Fungal skin infections

14 Hayfever (Seasonal allergic rhinitis)

15 Haemorrhoids

16 Headache/Migraine

17 Heartburn/Indigestion

18 Infant colic

19 Mouth ulcers

20 Nappy rash

21 Oral thrush

22 Scabies

23 Sore throat

24 Sprains and strains

25 Teething

26 Threadworms

27 Vaginal thrush

28 Warts and verrucas 

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