“Think Pharmacy 1st” Minor Ailments Service
Darling’s Pharmacy plays a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients. Darling’s Pharmacy has been working in the community using our clinical and practical knowledge to ensure we safely delivery and use of medicines by patients and members of the public.
Darling’s Pharmacy offers the “Think Pharmacy 1st” service. This service is an alternative to visiting your family doctor and makes it easier for you and your family to get medical help and advice on minor illnesses at a time that suits you.
For many illnesses, your local pharmacist can provide free advice and medication to help you and your family feel better. Pharmacists are also required to continue to update their knowledge and skills at all times.
How can “Think Pharmacy 1st” help you?
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 visit your local pharmacy instead, saving you time and with no appointment needed, you can just walk in.
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.
Which illnesses are included?
Advice from your pharmacist is always free but thanks for the Think Pharmacy First scheme they can also provide treatment for the minor illnesses below:
Aches And Pains
Bites And Stings
Colds And Flu
Fever and/or Temperature
Bacterial Conjunctivitis (sticky eyes)
Any Skin Or Mouth Problem
Fungal Nail Infection
Contact Dermatitis (inflammation of skin)
Warts And Verrucae
Can I get free treatment?
If you don’t normally pay for your medicines, then you don’t need to pay with Think Pharmacy First – you can get them free and over the counter from your local pharmacist without the need to see your GP.
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"Think Pharmacy 1st" Minor Ailments Service
The "Think Pharmacy 1st" Minor Ailments Service aims to enable more patients to access NHS treatment and advice without requiring a GP or A&E.
FREE Prescription Delivery Service
We over a prescription delivery service free of charge accross South Tyneside.
We aim to deliver your prescription to you within 24 hours of us receiving it from your GP. We also off a late afternoon service for any urgent medications such as antibiotics.
For patients who receive a Monitored Dosage System, this will be delivered on the same day of the week each time. If you have multiple deliveries in a week, we will combine these into one but only if it is safe and appropriate to do so.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 455 4551 or by emailing your nominated branch.