In South Tyneside we have combined the GP2Pharmacy and the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service to make additional appointments with healthcare professionals available to our patients. Please note, following government guidance, all appointment requests within this service are being triaged by the pharmacist.
We know that people visit their GP with minor illnesses that their local pharmacist could help with. Instead of booking a GP appointment, you can book an appointment at your local pharmacy instead.
All pharmacists can give advice and medicine if you need it that will help clear up the problem.
If your condition is more serious, they will then refer you to your GP.
What’s more, many pharmacies are open in the evenings and on the weekends. Click here to find your nearest pharmacy.
Which illnesses are included?
Advice from your pharmacist is always free but thanks to the CPCS and GP2Pharmacy scheme they can also provide treatment for the minor illnesses below:
- Acne, spots and pimples
- Allergic reaction / allergies
- Ankle or foot pain or swelling
- Athlete’s foot
- Back pain
- Bites or stings, insect or spider
- Cold and ‘flu
- Cold sores
- Ear discharge or ear wax
- Eye, red or irritable
- Eye, sticky or watery
- Eyelid problems
- Fever and/or temperature
- Fungal nail infection
- Hair loss
- Hearing problems or blocked ear
- Hip, thigh or buttock pain or swelling itch
- Knee or lower leg pain
- Lower back pain
- Lower limb pain or swelling
- Mouth ulcers
- Nasal congestion
- Pain and/or frequency passing urine
- Period pain
- Rectal pain
- Scratches and grazes
- Shoulder pain
- Skin, rash
- Sleep difficulties
- Sore throat
- Teething / toothache
- Toe pain or swelling
- UTI – (healthy women 16-64 years of age)
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal itch or soreness
- Warts & Verrucas
- Wound problems – management of dressings
- Wrist, hand or finger pain or swelling.
Can I get free treatment?
If you don’t normally pay for your medicines, then you don’t need to pay with the Pharmacy Schemes – you can get them free and over the counter from your local pharmacist without the need to see your GP.
For more information, please click here.