The Pharmacy First Service

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The Pharmacy First Service incorporates the previous Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), building on it to enable community pharmacists to complete full episodes of care for patients with 7 clinical conditions (see table below) by providing self care and safety netting advice, OTC medicines and where appropriate following detailed clinical pathways supply prescription only medicines via patient group directions.

Clinical PathwayAge Range
Impetigo1 year and over
Infected Insect Bites1 year and over
Shingles18 years and over
Sinusitis12 years and over
Sore Throat5 years and over
Uncomplicated urinary tract infectionsWomen 16-64 years
Acute Otitis Media1 to 17 years

The service will provide additional capacity for the management of patients with minor acuity conditions.