Patients in England will be able to get treatment for seven
common conditions at their high street pharmacy from today without
needing to see a GP, as part of a major transformation in the way
the NHS delivers care.
More than nine in ten community pharmacies in England - 10,265
in total - will be offering the ground-breaking initiative, with
the health service making it easier and more convenient for people
to access care.
Highly trained pharmacists will be able to assess and treat
patients for sinusitis, sore throat, earache, infected insect bite,
impetigo, shingles, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections in
women (under the age of 65) without the need for a GP appointment
The major expansion of pharmacy services will give the public
more choice in where and how they access care, aiming to free up 10
million GP appointments a year.
The scheme is part of the NHS and government's primary care
access recovery plan, which committed to making accessing
healthcare easier for millions of people.
It builds on the successful expansion of the contraceptive pill
service in December 2023, with more than 5,000 pharmacies now
registered to offer women the chance to get a supply of oral
contraception over the counter from their pharmacy without needing
to first see their GP.
In future, the NHS expects almost half a million women a year to
receive their contraception from their high street pharmacist.
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital