What is GP2Pharmacy?
Due to the increasing pressure on GP surgeries, we currently offer appointments with our Pharmacy Colleagues to ensure that patients with symptoms that can be treat by professionally qualified Pharmacists, are seen quickly. This could often be the same day or next day, depending on when you contact us.
How do I book an appointment with a Pharmacist?
You contact the surgery as you would for a GP appointment and our receptionists will take a brief history of the problem to pass over to our Pharmacy Colleagues, so they are aware of the reason for your appointment. Once the information has been passed to the Pharmacy, they will get straight in touch with you by telephone to confirm your appointment time.
Which Pharmacies can I go to?
Local Pharmacies taking part of the initiative include, but are not limited to:
- Gill’s Pharmacy, 35 Front Street, Cleadon, SR6 7PG
- Village Pharmacy, 7 Station Terrace, East Boldon, NE36 0LJ
- Neil Pharmacy, 47 Fellgate Avenue, Jarrow, NE32 4LZ
- Whiteleas Pharmacy, 176 Whiteleas Way, South Shields, NE34 8HF
What conditions can be treat by Pharmacists?
- Bites and stings
- Hay fever
- Colds and flu, only in patients over 18 and under 65 years of age with a dry cough/cold
- Ear Care
- Ear wax
- Earache or discharge
- Otitis externa (Itchy or discharging ears in patients over 16 years of age)
- Gastrointestinal care
- Indigestion or reflux (upper abdominal discomfort, heartburn or acid reflux in patients over 18 and under 55 years of age)
- Head lice
- Mouth care
- Cold sores
- Oral thrush
- Tonsillitis (sore throat in patients over 16 years of age)
- Skin care
- Athletes foot
- Cold sores
- Contact dermatitis / atopic eczema
- Fungal skin infections
- Nappy rash
- Shingles (a blistering rash on one side of the body in patients over 18 years of age)
- Warts and verrucae
- Vaginal thrush
- First aid and basic dressing of wound
- Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections (simple cystitis in female patients over 16 and under 65 years of age)
Frequently Asked Questions
Why might I be offered an appointment with a pharmacist?
We are working with our pharmacy colleagues to offer more appointments to our patients for appropriate symptoms and conditions, so that patients can be seen quicker.
Can I still see my GP if I wish?
Yes, you can still make an appointment with your GP. GP2Pharmacy means you have more choice and appointments are often available sooner than with a GP.
When will I be seen?
Your appointment will be as soon as possible – usually the same day depending on the time of your request.
Can I go to any pharmacy for my appointment?
You can choose which pharmacy you prefer when you contact your GP reception. You may choose a pharmacy near your home, place of work or elsewhere convenient for you.
Why can’t I just walk in to the pharmacy without an appointment?
All pharmacies offer a walk-in service, but this is without appointment. GP2Pharmacy is a new service giving fixed time appointments with a pharmacist for some of the symptoms you might usually see the GP for. Our pharmacy colleagues are qualified and trained to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions.
Will I be seen in private at the Pharmacy?
Yes. All of our Pharmacies have a separate consulting room for the privacy of patients.
How does my GP know what treatment I have received?
The pharmacist will update your GP by email and advise of any ongoing treatments required.
What about prescriptions?
Our pharmacists are able to give you prescriptions for certain conditions. If you don’t usually pay for your prescriptions, your medicines will still be free of charge.