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Patients can now get treatment for seven common conditions directly from their local pharmacy, without the need for a GP appointment or prescription.

The Pharmacy First scheme was launched by the government and NHS England on 31 January 2024 to give patients quick and accessible care and ease pressure on GP services.

What is Pharmacy First?

Pharmacy First will enable community pharmacists to supply prescription-only medicines, including antibiotics and antivirals where clinically appropriate, to treat seven common health conditions without the need to visit a GP.

What are the seven common conditions?

  • Earache (1 year to 17 years)

  • Impetigo (1 year and over)

  • Infected insect bite (1 year and over)

  • Shingles (18 years and over)

  • Sinusitis (12 years and over)

  • Sore throat (5 years and over)

  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women aged 16-64 years.

How can I access treatment from my pharmacy?

You can get treatment for these conditions by walking into the pharmacy or contacting them virtually. This is a pharmacy run scheme, please contact them for more details.

*Please note the service is dependent on the day.

Pharmacies available:

01.

ASDA

North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness

SS3 8DA

Contact details:

01702 382510

02.

Shoebury Campfield Road

Campfield Road, Shoeburyness,

SS3 9BX

Contact details:

01702 292238

03.

Bansals

178 The Broadway, Thorpe Bay,

SS1 3ES

*please note no earaches.

Contact details:

01702 587500

04.

Howells and Harrisons - Thorpe Bay

129-135 Broadway, Thorpe Bay,

SS1 3EX

Contact details:

01702 582658

05.

Southchurch Pharmacy

535 Southchurch Road, Southend,

SS1 2PN

Contact details:

01702 467452

06.

Boots - Southchurch

801-809 Southchurch Road, Southend,

SS1 2PP

Contact details:

01702 466585

07.

Vinods Chemist

227 Hamstel Road, Southend,

SS2 4LB

Contact details:

01702 466731

08.

Queensway Pharmacy

61 Southchurch Road, Southend,

SS1 2NL

Contact details:

01702 614666

09.

Howells and Harrisons 235 Woodgrange Drive, Southend,

SS1 2SG

Contact details:

01702 468721

10.

Murray Miller

526 Sutton Road, Southend

SS2 5PW

Contact details:

01702 467470

11.

Rays Pharmacy

47 Sutton Road, Southend,

SS2 5PB

Contact details:

01702 466247

12.

Boots - Royals

Royals Shopping Centre,

SS1 1DE

Contact details:

01702 467118

13.

Boots - Victoria

Victoria Shopping Centre,

SS2 5SA

Contact details:

01702 469483

14.

Chemist@Southend

Queensway Surgery, 75 Queensway,

SS1 2AB

Contact details:

01702 612003

15.

Superdrug

37-41 High Street, Southend,

SS1 1JD

Contact details:

01702 433319

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