NHS Pharmacy First Scotland is an NHS service provided by your local community pharmacy. 

If you have a minor illness, a pharmacy is the first place you should go for advice.

You do not usually need an appointment and you can go to any pharmacy.

Your local pharmacist or a trained member of the pharmacy team will give you advice and provide medicine if needed. They may need to refer you to another healthcare professional such as your GP practice, dentist, optometrist or another NHS service if they feel your condition needs further investigation or more specialist care.

Examples of minor illnesses and complaints they can help you with include:

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  • acne
  • headache
  • athlete’s foot
  • head lice
  • backache
  • indigestion
  • cold sores
  • mouth ulcers
  • constipation
  • nasal congestion
  • allergies
  • sore throat
  • haemorrhoids (piles)
  • threadworm
  • cough
  • pain
  • diarrhoea
  • period pain
  • earache
  • thrush
  • eczema
  • hay fever
  • warts and verrucae