Pharmacy First is now officially available across England, allowing patients in England easy and convenient access to treatment for seven common conditions directly from community pharmacies without the need for a GP appointment.
Despite the current pressures in the sector, pharmacy owners and teams have diligently prepared for this launch, with an impressive 96% sign-up rate, equating to over 10,000 NHS pharmacies participating in this much-anticipated service.
Commenting on this significant launch in the NHS England news release, our Chief Executive Janet Morrison said:
“Today is a big day for community pharmacies who have been working incredibly hard to get ready for the launch of Pharmacy First. The service marks a step-change for pharmacies, patients and the public, and one that we hope to build on for the future. By choosing to go to ‘Pharmacy First’ for the seven common conditions, people can get help faster, freeing up GP appointments for those who really need them. We strongly encourage the public to make full use of this service for convenient, easy access to healthcare advice, support and appropriate treatments from expert pharmacists and their teams.”