Visit your pharmacy first.
Everyone can go to their pharmacist for free advice or to buy a medication for a minor ailment.
Your pharmacist can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor or if self treatment is enough. They may suggest a treatment that you can purchase from the pharmacy or receive for free through the ‘Pharmacy First‘ scheme if you qualify*. Most pharmacies are open throughout the day and there are some that are also open until midnight and at weekends.
If you qualify for free prescriptions you could receive free treatment from your local participating community pharmacist for the following conditions without having to see your GP (Participating GPs and pharmacies – PDF);
- Athlete’s foot
- Bacterial conjunctivitis
- Dental pain
- Hay fever
- Head lice
- Insect bites/stings
- Sore throat
If you do pay for your prescriptions, then the cost of the medicine(s) should be much less than the current prescription charges.