The new Pharmacy First Service allows patients to access treatment for uncomplicated urinary tract infections and impetigo from a community pharmacy.

Community pharmacists will carry out a consultation in the pharmacy with the patient and provide advice and treatment if required under locally agreed patient group directions (PGDs).

The Pharmacy First Service is available from local community pharmacies both within GP opening hours and out of hours.

Symptoms of an uncomplicated urinary tract infection include urinating more frequently or urgently and painful urination. Non-pregnant females aged 16 to 65 years are eligible for this service.

Symptoms of impetigo include a rash that weeps and dries to form yellow-brown crusts. This service is available for those aged over 2 years.

Always seek medical advice if your symptoms are severe or there is no improvement with treatment.