When you or your family are unwell, you may not always need to make an appointment to see your GP. Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and can provide you with free expert advice on the best treatment for a wide range of illnesses and minor ailments.
Pharmacy First allows Island residents to go straight to their pharmacist to receive treatment, for selected minor ailments, without needing to visit their GP to get a prescription first. Medication supplied will be free of charge ONLY if exempt from prescription charges. If the patient pays for their prescription they will pay the OTC cost of any medicines supplied. To access this service you must be a registered patient of one of the surgeries on the IOW.
Click to view a list of minor ailments (PDF, 239KB) treatable through the Pharmacy First scheme.
Click to view a list of pharmacies (PDF, 191KB) offering Pharmacy First and other services (including opening times).