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When you or your family are unwell, you may not always need to make an appointment to see your GP (family doctor).

Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines. Your local community pharmacist is a trained medical professional who can provide free expert advice on the best treatment for a wide range of illnesses and minor ailments.

You can visit a community pharmacy without the need to make an appointment. Several pharmacies in the city are open until late evening and on Sundays.

As well as free medical advice, your local pharmacy can provide free medication for some illnesses and minor ailments under a scheme called PHARMACY FIRST.

PHARMACY FIRST allows Portsmouth residents who receive certain benefits* to go straight to their pharmacist to receive treatment, for selected minor ailments**, without needing to visit their GP to get a prescription.

See the download section to the right for a list of pharmacies taking part and their opening hours.

*People (and their dependent children) who have:

  • HC2 Charges Certificate – Possession of a valid HC2 Charges Certificate
  • Income Support (IS) – Possession of an IS award notice
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – Possession of an ESA award notice
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – Possession of a JSA award notice
  • Universal Credit (UC) – Possession of a Universal Credit statement
  • NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate – Possession of a valid Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (PCGC) – Possession of a PCGC award notice 


  • Athletes Foot
  • Paediatric Common Cold
  • Dermatitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hay fever
  • Head lice
  • Paediatric Headache
  • Paediatric Insect bites and Stings
  • Nappy Rash
  • Oral Thrush
  • Paediatric Sore Throat
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Vaginal Thrush

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