People in Liverpool can now get prescription medicines for certain conditions direct from a local pharmacy – without contacting their GP practice first.

Launched by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Community Pharmacy Liverpool, Pharmacy First is a convenient, new NHS service that is now available across the city.

It allows people to walk straight into their nearest pharmacy and access prescription-only medicines for a number of minor conditions.

The service builds upon the popular Care at the Chemist scheme which is also available across Liverpool and allows pharmacists to provide a range of over-the-counter treatments for minor conditions – without having to see a doctor first.

Under Pharmacy First, people can now seek treatment for any of the following symptoms at a local pharmacy:

  • Sore throats
  • Urinary infections
  • Eye infections (conjunctivitis)
  • Oral thrush in babies
  • Bad cough or chest infection
  • Impetigo
  • Mild skin conditions such as dermatitis, mild eczema or insect bite reactions
  • Nappy rash
  • Other skin problems such as minor cuts, burns, and scalds

To start using the service, you can either simply drop in to see our pharmacist or book and appointment online.

All treatment provided under Pharmacy First will be completely free for people who don’t pay for their prescriptions, and charged at the normal prescription rate for those who do.