Treatment straight from your pharmacy

Your local pharmacy can provide free medication for seven common conditions.

All pharmacies in Portsmouth (PO1-PO6) can now see and possibly treat people with seven common minor illnesses including earache, sore throat, or urinary tract infections.

The scheme allows pharmacists to treat patients without a GP appointment, and builds on the great work pharmacies already do in our community to support managing minor illnesses at home.

The FAQs below provides more information about the scheme.

What are the seven minor illnesses?

Along with minor illness and advice over the counter medicines, pharmacies will now be able to treat the following seven conditions:

  • Shingles – 18 years old and over
  • Sore throat – 5 years old and over
  • Infected insect bites – 1 year old and over
  • Earaches in children 1 to 17 years old
  • Sinusitis – 12 years old and over
  • Impetigo – 1 year old and over
  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) in women 16 to 64 years old

How does it work?

For these seven health conditions, pharmacists will have a private conversation with a patient to see if they can help them manage their condition through self-care. If this may not be helping then in some cases the pharmacist will be able to prescribe some medicines to help treat the illness.

How does this help me?

This is great for patients as it means they can potentially get seen and treated in a local pharmacy without the need to make an appointment with a GP practice.

It also frees up GP practice appointments so surgeries can focus on managing patients with more complex health needs.

How soon can I use the scheme?

The scheme launched on 31 January 2024 and it may take a few weeks for the service to settle in and start up. The pharmacy you visit will be able to best advise on how they can help.

How else can a pharmacy help me?

People will be familiar with seeing their local pharmacy on the high street or in the supermarket. They can offer confidential advice and offer over-the-counter medicines to help you manage health concerns such as coughs and colds. They can also support with healthy eating, exercise, stopping smoking, monitoring your blood pressure, contraception, flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.


Pharmacies taking part in the scheme

All Portsmouth pharmacies (PO1-PO6) are taking part in the Pharmacy First scheme.

Find a pharmacy near you.