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Pharmacy First Launch and Service

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.

But what does it cover and who will benefit? 

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?

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore throat
  • Earache
  • Infected insect bite
  • Impetigo (a bacterial skin infection)
  • Shingles
  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women.

Talking therapies

Talking therapies, or psychological therapies, are effective and confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners. They can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression.

Impact on Teesside

Impact on Teesside are psychological therapies and wellbeing service working with people across Teesside. If you’re registered with a local GP then our experienced team can help you by providing free, confidential support to help you manage your mental and emotional health.

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and sadly, that’s often higher in Teesside. Impact on Teesside offer a range of therapies that can help with stress, anxiety and depression.

The Impact Team offer so much more than psychological therapy support. The team can work with those who have long term health conditions, those who need outreach and recovery support or those who need more general emotional and wellbeing help such as employment support.

Self Referral Pathways

Patient can now self refer into may services without the need to see a GP.

Stop Smoking Services

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Bereavement Support

Bereavement counselling may be able to provide you with support during very difficult times:

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