Shropshire locals with seven common health conditions will now be able to access appropriate treatment and advice from their local pharmacist without needing to see a GP, thanks to a recently introduced service.

The brand new service, Pharmacy First, is part of a local improvement plan to enhance patient access to NHS services, predominantly in pharmacies and GP practices.

The seven common health conditions which will now be supported by trained pharmacy teams and part of the Pharmacy First offer, include sinusitis, sore throat, earache, infected insect bites, impetigo, shingles, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women.

James Milner, pharmacist and community pharmacy clinical lead at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “Pharmacy First is an exciting new scheme which highlights the increasingly important role of pharmacy teams in offering timely access to NHS services.

“Most of the time you don’t need to make an appointment to speak to a member of the pharmacy team, and all community pharmacies across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have a consultation room available to allow for private conversations.”

Dr Ian Chan, GP and medical director at Teldoc, added: "“If you are visiting your local pharmacy for help with a common condition, you can expect a similar level of care and treatment as you would from a health professional within GP practices, plus you’re also likely to be seen quicker as you may not need to book an appointment.”

To find out more about the new Pharmacy First service, visit the NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin website.