Pharmacy First: Scotland

Pharmacy First is a service in Scotland which means your local community pharmacy is your first stop for expert advice and treatment for minor illnesses, eliminating the need to see your GP.

The common conditions covered by the service include, but are not limited to, impetigo, UTI’S in women, shingles, skin infections and hayfever.

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No doctor's appointment? No problem!

Having an expert on hand is invaluable when it comes to healthcare advice and treatment options, our pharmacists are here to help! With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, they have the answers to your questions. We have a wide variety of over-the-counter treatments to choose from and for common ailments included in the service we can even provide you with prescription strength medicine without a GP appointment.

Get advice and treatment in 3 easy steps

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Choose the ailment you need advice on

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Speak to our pharmacist

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Receive advice and treatment options

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for NHS Pharmacy First Scotland?

You can receive advice and treatment for the health conditions applicable at pharmacies across Scotland if you live in Scotland and/or you are registered with a GP practice in Scotland. 

Who isn't eligible for NHS Pharmacy First Scotland?

Visitors to Scotland are excluded from accessing the service, however everyone is always welcome to visit their pharmacy for general help, advice, and access to over-the-counter medication.

When should I visit my GP?

There may be times when our pharmacist will recommend that you see your GP for further help. If something feels very wrong, then you should either call 111 or 999.

Is my pharmacist qualified?

Pharmacists are qualified to provide advice, carry out the necessary treatment, and prescribe medication when necessary. If you require further advice and more treatment, then your pharmacist will point you in the direction of your GP.

Can I still see my GP?

Pharmacy First was created as a convenient alternative to seeing your GP for common ailments to save time and give you more access to the health services you need. GPs are still able to see you regarding any of your concerns but waiting times may be longer.

I work Monday to Friday 9-5; can I get an appointment outside of these days/hours?

We understand that it can be difficult to find time to visit your pharmacy when you work a full-time job, this is why some of our pharmacies are open later, and on Saturdays.

Check your local pharmacy opening hours 

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