Community pharmacies offer a convenient way to get advice and treatment on a range of minor illnesses.

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You can use community pharmacies for the following services:

Pharmacy First (NEW)

From 31 January 2024, almost all Community Pharmacies will offer the Pharmacy First service. This service includes the NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation service and, if needed, NHS medicines to treat seven common health conditions:

  • Urinary tract infection (water infection) in women aged 16-64 years
  • Sinusitis in those aged 12 years and over
  • Sore throat in those aged 5 years and over
  • Impetigo (a type of skin infection) in those aged over 1 year.
  • Shingles in those 18 years and over
  • Infected Insect bite in those aged over 1 year
  • Ear ache in children 1 -17 years (note: this cannot be provided by distance selling pharmacies)

If you have symptoms that suggest any of these conditions your GP practice may refer you to this service, or you can walk into your local pharmacy and ask how they can help you.

The NHS community pharmacy consultation service

The NHS community pharmacist consultation service can help you get a same day appointment with your community pharmacist for minor illness following referral from the GP surgery, urgent care centre or NHS 1111, or an emergency supply of a regular medicine following a referral from NHS 111.

Find out more about the community pharmacy consultation service

Find out how to get an emergency supply of medication from a community pharmacy

Discharge medicines service

This is offered by all community pharmacies. The hospital can refer you to the community pharmacy to help with any changes in medication and to improve your understanding of your medicines are and how to take them following discharge from hospital.

New medicines service

This service gives advice about specified medicines prescribed by the GP surgery and includes medicines for osteoporosis. This helps you understand what the medicine is for, how to take it and how to manage any concerns you may have about your medicine.

Find out more about the new medicine service

Blood pressure checks

A pharmacist can check your blood pressure for free if you:

  • are aged 40 or over
  • live in England
  • are not already diagnosed with high blood pressure unless referred to the service by your GP.

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Oral contraception service

You can start oral contraception or get a repeat supply of oral contraception without the need to visit a GP.

The contraception search tool is now available. Find a pharmacy that offers the contraceptive pill without a prescription – NHS (

Please note: There will be a transition period up to the 29 February 2024 where some pharmacies previously registered for the Pharmacy Contraception Service may only be providing the repeat supply element to the service.

Maternity smoking cessation service

If you live in Nottingham, you can use the maternity smoking cessation service. Support is available for:

  • People trying to conceive
  • People who are pregnant
  • People with a child less than 12 months old
  • Associate household members

Find out more about the maternity smoking cessation service

Lateral flow tests for Covid-19

Eligible people can obtain a free box of five lateral flow device (LFD) tests from some pharmacies.

Find out which pharmacies offer free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests to eligible people.

Find out who can get a free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test.

A positive LFD result may help determine whether you are referred to a Covid-19 treatment service.

You can also check which treatments and other services are provided by individual pharmacies at Find a pharmacy – NHS.

Find out more about managing your medication and how to get an emergency supply of medication.