Aughton Surgery and your pharmacy are working together in a scheme called Pharmacy First.
If you are suffering from one of the ailments shown below, you may wish to go to your local pharmacy for treatment instead of waiting to see your doctor.
What happens when I go to the pharmacy to use the scheme?
- The pharmacist will talk to you about your symptoms.
- You will be required to demonstrate to the pharmacy that you are registered with a GP in West Lancashire. Pharmacists will onlyaccept you into the scheme if you are registered with a participating GP practice. This can be established by:
- Providing evidence of registration with a GP practice in the West Lancashire CCG area, e.g., repeat prescription tear-off slip or NHS card.
- The pharmacy having record showing that a prescription has been dispensed in the last 6 months.
- The pharmacist may also telephone the surgery to confirm registration.
- The pharmacist will complete a consultation form that you must sign (just like signing the back of a prescription).
- The pharmacist may give you advice and guidance on your ailment and supply you with an appropriate medicine(s).
What if my symptoms cannot be treated by the pharmacist?
The pharmacist may refer you to the doctor if they are unable to offer treatment. This might be because your illness is not treatable through the scheme, or because the medicine available through the scheme is not appropriate for you. Using the scheme does not prevent you from seeing your doctor.
Do I have to make an appointment?
You do not have to make an appointment with your GP or pharmacist and you do not even have to go to the surgery first. Instead you can go direct to the pharmacy and ask if you can be treated under the Pharmacy First scheme.