What kind of help can I get from my Pharmacist?

Visits to the GP for minor ailments add up to 57 million consultations a year. This does not count attendances at Walk In Centres or A&E. But by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.

All pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help to clear up the problem. If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will recognise this and advise you to see your GP.

Some pharmacies are open in the evenings and on the weekends.

If everybody went to a pharmacist with common health problems, more time would be freed for your GPs. This might make it easier to get a convenient appointment with your GP next time you need one. This is even more true for A&E, which should only be used for life threatening emergencies or serious injuries.

So if you have a common health problem, a trip to your pharmacy is an option.

Your pharmacist may be able to help with:

Some pharmacies can provide truss fittings, stoma products and incontinence supplies.

Minor Ailment Scheme

Some of the pharmacies in our practice area run a minor ailment service, which means that they can supply medicines for certain specific conditions on the NHS. This will be following discussion between the patient and the pharmacist.

 If you pay for your prescriptions, you will only pay the standard prescription charge. Or if you are exempt from paying prescription charges (for example, you are over 60, or a child), you won’t pay for the medicine.

For following pharmacies are participating in the scheme in our area:

  • ASDA: Metro Centre
  • Boots: Dunston, Gateshead High Street, Metro Centre & Team Valley
  • CentreChem: Prince Consort Road
  • Co-op Pharmacy: Dunston
  • Eilbecks: Bensham
  • K&A Pharmacy: Old Durham Road
  • Lloyds Pharmacy: Bewick Road & Teams
  • N&B Pharmacy Liddell Terrace
  • RG Youngs Pharmacy: Sheriff Hill
  • Tesco: Gateshead

The conditions they are able to supply medications on the NHS for are:

  • Bacterial conjunctivitis: chloramphenicol eye drops and eye ointment
  • Colds and Flu: Paracetamol & Ibuprofen
  • Cold Sores: Aciclovir cream
  • Constipation: senna
  • Cough: Simple linctus
  • Diarrhoea: Oral rehydration salts
  • Earache: Paracetamol & ibuprofen
  • Fever / Temperature: Paracetamol & ibuprofen
  • Haemorrhoids: Anusol cream & suppositories
  • Headache: Paracetamol & ibuprofen
  • Head Lice: Head lice comb & dimethicone lotion
  • Mouth Ulcers: Benzydamine oral rinse, chlorhexadine mouth wash, orabase
  • Nappy rash: sudocrem
  • Nasal congestion: sodium chloride nasal drops, menthol & eucalyptus inhalation
  • Period pains: paracetamol & ibuprofen
  • Scabies: permethrin cream
  • Sore throat: paracetamol & ibuprofen
  • Teething: paracetamol & ibuprofen
  • Threadworm: mebendazole & Piperazine with senna
  • Toothache: paracetamol & ibuprofen
  • Vaginal thrush: clotrimazole pessary & cream
  • Warts & verrucae: salactol paint