If you have a minor injury such as a sprain, strain, broken bone or minor head injury, you can also go straight to your local Minor Injury Unit (MIU) or Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) in Yate, Hengrove or Clevedon.
You can get treatment for seven common health conditions directly from their local pharmacist, without needing a GP appointment. The Pharmacy First scheme makes it easier and quicker for patients to access care and treatment on their high street, while easing pressure on GP services. Under the scheme, pharmacists can supply prescription-only medicines to treat seven conditions, where assessment indicates this is appropriate, without patients needing to visit their GP practice. The conditions are:
- Sore throat
- Infected insect bite
- Impetigo (a bacterial skin infection)
- Uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women
The service is available direct from pharmacies or by referral from a GP, NHS 111 or other health services. If prescription medicines are not appropriate, pharmacists will offer advice or ‘over the counter’ medicines, or both.
Self-care is perfect if your condition is something you will be able to treat at home, such as coughs, colds and common childhood illnesses.