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What is Pharmacy+ Clinic?

Pharmacy+ Clinic is a trial scheme in Fylde and Wyre which offers you health advice and treatment at your local pharmacy.

Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time for advice and treatment for minor health problems – just walk in. What’s more, many pharmacies are open in the evening and at the weekend.  Pharmacists are experts in medicines and minor ailments and can treat many common health complaints. They can give advice or, if appropriate, medicines that will help clear up the problem. If your problem is more serious, your pharmacist will advise you to contact your GP surgery.

Who can use the scheme?

Any patient registered with a GP in Fylde and Wyre can use the scheme. Patients who are under 16 years of age can use the scheme but should have a parent, guardian or carer with them when they speak to the pharmacist.

How does the scheme work?

  1. Go to your local pharmacy and ask about the Pharmacy+ Clinic scheme.
  2. The pharmacist, or a qualified member of their team, will offer you a confidential consultation to talk about your symptoms.
  3. The pharmacist or pharmacy assistant will fill in a consultation form on the computer.
  4. They will give you advice about your health problem, how to look after yourself while you’re ill and what to do if you suffer from the same problem again.
  5. If the pharmacist or pharmacy assistant thinks it is appropriate, they will give you medication.
  6. If you do not normally pay for prescriptions, you will be asked to sign an exemption declaration (just like signing the back of a prescription).

Please note: Not everyone will need medication and the pharmacist will not give you medication just because you ask for it. Any medication they give you is for you only.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to take part in the scheme.

If you do not normally pay for prescriptions, or if you have a prepayment certificate, the pharmacist will be able to give you free medicine for a minor condition or illness. If you have to pay prescription charges, you will pay the normal prescription fee to the pharmacist or buy the medicine over the counter, which is usually less expensive than paying for a prescription.

What are the benefits of the scheme?

The scheme has been designed to help local people get the most appropriate health advice and medication quickly and conveniently for minor health problems. If everybody went to a pharmacist with minor health problems, GPs would have more time to deal with patients who have more serious and complicated illnesses. This should make it easier to get an appointment with your GP next time you need one.

Which minor conditions or illnesses are covered by the scheme?

You can use the Pharmacy+ Clinic scheme if you are suffering from any of the following conditions.

  • Skin conditions (dermatitis, mild eczema, acne, psoriasis, scabies)
  • Mild fungal infections of the skin (body, groin and athlete’s foot)
  • Head lice
  • Nasal congestion and sinusitis
  • Earache (minor outer-ear infections)
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Hay fever
  • Allergies (nasal and skin reactions)
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Threadworms
  • Cystitis
  • Period pain
  • Thrush (oral and non-oral)
  • Back pain or muscular pain
  • Headache and migraine

What will I be asked at the pharmacy?

The pharmacist will ask you about your symptoms and any other medication you are taking. This is to make sure that any medicines they give you are suitable for you. Any details you give to your
pharmacist are confidential.

What if my symptoms cannot be treated by the pharmacist?

The pharmacist may refer you to your GP if they are unable to offer treatment. This might be because your illness cannot be treated through the scheme, or because the medicine available through the scheme is not right for you.

Which pharmacies are in the scheme?

Boots UK Limited (Lord St) Fleetwood
Johns (Chemist) Ltd Fleetwood
O’Brien’s Pharmacy Fleetwood
Warburton’s Chemist Fleetwood
Albert Wilde Pharmacy Fleetwood
Whitworths Chemist Ltd Kirkham
Well Pharmacy (Moor St) Kirkham
Well Pharmacy (Market Square) Kirkham
Wesham Pharmacy Wesham
Tomlinson’s of Lytham Ltd Lytham
Smith’s Chemist Lytham
Windmill Pharmacy Lytham
Boots UK (Clifton Street) Lytham
Boots UK (St Anne’s Road West) St Annes
Pharmacy Care Plus Ltd (Formally St Anne’s Pharmacy St Annes
Cohen’s Chemist (Durham Ave) St Annes
Cohen’s Chemist (Highbury Rd East) St Annes
Alexandria Pharmacy St Annes
Lloyds Pharmacy (Formally Sainsbury’s) St Annes
L Rowland & Co (Retail) Ltd St Annes
Cohen’s  Chemist (Formally Melling Pharmacy Ltd) St Annes
Cohen’s Chemist ( Formally Ansdell Medical Centre Pharmacy) Ansdell
Well Pharmacy Freckleton
Hambleton Pharmacy Hambleton
Lloyds Pharmacy (Breck Road) Poulton
Lloyds Pharmacy (Teanlowe Centre) Poulton
Lloyds Pharmacy Knott End
Lloyds Pharmacy (Victoria Road) Thornton
Lloyds Pharmacy (Church Road, Health Centre) Thornton
Boots UK Limited (Rossall Rd) Cleveleys
Boots UK Limited (Victoria Rd West) Cleveleys
Well Pharmacy Poulton
Lo’s Pharmacy (Formally Carleton Pharmacy Ltd) Carleton
WM Morrisons Supermarket Ltd Cleveleys

For more information

If you need more information, please contact: 01253 956400