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The Vale Medical Centre - Telephone: 020 8291 7007

The Vale Medical Centre
195-197 Perry Vale
Forest Hill
London
SE23 2JF
Telephone: 020 8291 7007
Fax: 020 8291 5111

What is the pharmacy first scheme?

The Pharmacy First scheme provides advice, treatment and medicines for common ailments from your local pharmacy.

How does it work?

If you have any common ailments, you can access the Pharmacy First scheme in two ways:

1.Visit one of the pharmacies taking part in the Pharmacy First scheme.  You will be seen promptly by a member of the pharmacy team and you can ask to be seen in private.

2.Some practices use this scheme and may give you a voucher (one per patient) to take to the pharmacy. 

​Common ailments

Common ailments are minor health problems.  Below is a list of common ailments that your local pharmacist can help you resolve under the scheme.

Constipation
Hay fever
Sprains/strains
Head lice
Vaginal thrush
Teething
Heart burn
Sore throats
Athlete's foot
Insect bites and stings
Burns and scalds
Fever
Diarrhoea
Cold and flu
Cold sore
Mouth ulcer
Conjunctivitis
Threadworm
Haemorrhoids
Headache
Contact dermatitis
Nappy rash
Ear wax
Itching associated with chicken pox​​

Frequently asked questions​

Who is eligible?

You are eligible for the Pharmacy First scheme if you are:

•Registered with a Lewisham GP

•Suffering from one of the conditions listed above

•You are NOT pregnant

Please note:

•For some conditions there are age limitations

•Person needing treatment must be present at the consultation

•If your problem is recurring or your symptoms persist you should seek further advice

Can I go to any pharmacist?

​Click here.pdf for a list of participating pharmacies.

Will I have to pay for my advice or medicine?

All advice is free and if you do not normally pay prescription charges, any medicine recommended will be free.  If you are liable for prescription charges these are still applicable.​

Will I always get medication?

On some occasions you may not need medication and will receive advice or they may advise you to get further advice or treatment by referral to an appropriate clinician.​

 
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