Pharmacists are experts in medicines who can help you with health concerns. They are qualified healthcare professionals and can offer advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.
If your symptoms suggest something more serious, the pharmacist can ensure you get the help you need and will tell you if you need to see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional.
Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends and you can visit without an appointment. Most have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff in confidence.
All pharmacies in Fife provide the following core services:
- Pharmacy First
- Acute Medication Service – the dispensing of NHS prescriptions
- Medication Care and Review
- Public Health Service
New Normal - changes to pharmacy services
NHS Pharmacy First Scotland is an NHS service provided by your local community pharmacy.
You can use NHS Pharmacy First Scotland if you are registered with a GP practice in Scotland or you live in Scotland.
If you have a minor illness, a pharmacy is the first place you should go for advice. You do not usually need an appointment and you can go to any pharmacy.
Your pharmacist can give you advice for a minor illness, and medicine if they think you need it. For more information, see https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/nhs-pharmacy-first-scotland.
Introducing Pharmacy First
If you receive regular repeat prescription medicines, you may be eligible for a serial prescription. As part of Medicines Care and Review (MCR), this means that instead of ordering your medicines every one or two months, your GP will issue a long-term prescription which will last for 24, 48 or 56 weeks. You can then collect your medicines from your pharmacy every four or eight weeks.
You will no longer need to order from the GP practice and your medicines will be ready to collect from the pharmacy when you need them.
Find out more by asking at your pharmacy or GP practice and at https://www.nhsinform.scot/care-support-and-rights/nhs-services/pharmacy/chronic-medication-service#overview.
Medicines: Care and Review
Medicines: Care and Review (MCR) allows patients with long-term conditions to receive medicines and pharmaceutical care from their pharmacy. Download a leaflet for further information.
Public Health Service
The Public Health Service (PHS) provides a health-promoting environment within the pharmacy - including promoting national health campaigns.
Within the pharmacy, this service also offers:
- Sexual health service and Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC)
- A stop smoking (smoking cessation) service
- Gluten Free Foods Service (GFFS)
- Access to prophylactic paracetamol for childhood vaccinations where appropriate
Community pharmacies may offer the following services and information:
- Care Homes
- Domiciliary Oxygen
- Injection Equipment Provision
- Medicines Waste
- Naloxone Supply Service
- Palliative Care
- Rota Service
- Stoma Service
- Prescribed Sharps Service
- Hepatitis C
For further information on when you should seek advice from your local pharmacy, download our Know Who To Turn To Leaflet.