What is Pharmacy First?

The Pharmacy First scheme provides professional health care advice, treatments, and medicines for common illnesses from selected Lambeth pharmacies to those most in need.

The benefits of Pharmacy First:

  • Pharmacists are highly qualified health care professionals who are experts in medicines
  • Pharmacies are open during normal business hours and many are open late, on Saturdays and on Sundays
  • It may be quicker to see your pharmacist than wait for a GP appointment
  • Help available from 31 local pharmacies (see list below) in Lambeth without the need for an appointment
  • Medicines offered are free of charge if you meet the eligibility criteria (see below)
  • Anything you say to the pharmacist is treated with confidence

How Does it Work?

If you are feeling unwell and may have any of the common illnesses listed below, you can access Pharmacy First at the selected pharmacies at the bottom of the page in two ways:

  1. You can present yourself to your local participating pharmacy. You will be seen by a pharmacist and can ask for a private consultation
  2. Your GP practice or health care services may signpost you to a participating pharmacy

Your local participating pharmacist will explain the service to you and ask you for some details including your name, date of birth, postcode, and GP practice.

Common Illnesses included:

  • Allergic rhinitis (Hay fever)
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Cold sores
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Colds
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry/sore eyes
  • Indigestion
  • Ear wax
  • Fever
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Headache
  • Headlice
  • Insect bites
  • Itching due to chicken pox
  • Minor burns & scalds
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Muscle / Joint pain
  • Nappy rash
  • Scabies
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Sore throat
  • Stings
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Vaginal thrush

Will I have to pay for my advice or medicine?

All advice is free and if your pharmacist believes the condition needs further review, they will recommend where to get more advice.

You are eligible if you are a Lambeth residents or registered with a Lambeth GP practice and meet the following criteria:

  • NHS low income scheme and in possession of HC2 certificate
  • Income support or income related employment allowance
  • Income based job seeker’s allowance
  • Tax credit exemption certificate
  • Pension credit guarantee credit
  • Universal credit and meets certain criteria
  • Homeless & in possession of ‘Letter of Homelessness’
  • Young people aged 16,17 or 18 years and in full time education, part-time education, or undertaking an accredited level 1 apprenticeship
  • Patients aged under 16 years who have at least one parent who would be eligible as per list above

Please note that those aged under 3 months old or who are pregnant would not be eligible for this scheme.

Will I always get medication?

On some occasions you may not need medication and will receive professional healthcare advice.

If the pharmacist feels it is appropriate to signpost you elsewhere, they will highlight the most suitable service to you.

Medicines will ONLY be supplied when you have a current condition in need of treatment. Any medication supplied to you must only be used to treat yourself or a dependent.

Important information

If accessing the Pharmacy First scheme, you must tell your pharmacist if:

  • You are breastfeeding
  • You think you might be pregnant
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Any allergies that you have

As mentioned above those aged under 3 months old or who are pregnant would not be eligible for this scheme.

Selected Lambeth Pharmacies taking part in the Pharmacy First scheme

Pharmacy Phone number
Jackson Chemist, 88 Streatham Hill, SW2 4RD 020 8674 6607
New Park Pharmacy, 85 New Park Road, Brixton, SW2 4ES 020 8674 6070
Pavilion Pharmacy, 9 Brighton Terrace, Brixton, SW9 8DJ 020 7787 7040
Phillips Pharmacy, 70a Clarence Avenue, SW4 8JP 020 8674 0645
JFairlee Pharmacy, 26 Queenstown Road, SW8 3RX 020 7622 9255
Kamsons Pharmacy, The Manor Health Centre, 86 Clapham Manor St, SW4 6EB 020 7720 4279
Queens Chemist, 12 Queenstown Road, Battersea, SW8 3RX 020 7720 8606
Sefgrove Chemist, 3-5 Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, SE19 1TQ 020 8670 5198
Junction Pharmacy, Unit 1, 222 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8SA 020 7274 7599
Millennium Pharmacy, 68 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6BH 020 7840 0465
Millennium Pharmacy, Unit 12-14 Cromwell Road, Myatts Field, SW9 7BJ 020 7735 7171
Millennium Pharmacy, 83 Ramsey House, Vassal Road, SW9 6NB 020 7735 6137
Millennium Pharmacy, 102 Loughborough Rd, London, SW9 7SB 020 7737 2223
Peace Pharmacy, Unit 2, Woolford Court, 100 Coldharbour Lane,SE5 9PU 020 7274 8807
Deejay Chemists, 154 – 156 Norwood Road, West Norwood, SE27 9AZ 020 8674 2455
Pascoe Pharmacy, 235 Knights Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0QT 020 8670 2562
Hills Pharmacy, 99 Kennington Lane, Kennington, SE11 4HQ 020 7582 6344
Medimex Pharmacy, 222 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4DA 020 7735 3667
Vitelow Pharmacy, 26 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0JG 020 7735 2730
Day Lewis Pharmacy, 136-138 Stockwell Road, Brixton, SW9 9HR 020 7737 0846
Halls Chemist, 240 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JS 020 7622 6989
Harfleur Chemists, 219 Clapham Road, Kennington, SW9 9BE 020 7733 3331
Kingshield Pharmacy, 387 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7DE 020 7274 2424
Springfield Pharmacy, 110 Union Road, SW8 2HS 020 7622 1159
Springfield Pharmacy, 110 Union Road, SW8 2HS 020 7622 1159
Streatham Pharmacy, 95 Streatham Hill, Streatham, SW2 4UD 020 8674 9201
Westbury Chemist, 84-92 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BS 020 8769 1919
Baba Chemist, 7 Tulse Hill, Brixton, SW2 2TH 020 8674 4574
Copes Pharmacy, 570 Streatham High Road, Streatham, SW16 3QQ 020 8764 2910
Day Lewis pharmacy, 110 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London, SW2 1AH 020 8674 3575
Day Lewis pharmacy, Palace Road Surgery, 1A & 1B Palace Road, SW2 3DY 020 8674 1896
Day Lewis pharmacy, 9a Gracefield Gardens, London, SW16 2SZ 020 8769 7629
Partnership Southwark Support Black Maternal Mental Health Week

Partnership Southwark are committed to a positive maternal mental health and are promoting ongoing community engagement to ensure services work well for mothers and care givers from all communities in Southwark. To this end, we’re supporting The Motherhood Group – a social enterprise based in Lambeth – to highlight our commitment as part of Black […]

27 Sep 2023
NHS webinar on childhood immunisation

Leading NHS clinicians and public health experts talked about why and how we can improve vaccination uptake in Lambeth and Southwark

17 Jul 2023
Tessa Jowell Health Centre Receives Official Opening

Dame Tessa’s daughter Jess Mills and local MP Helen Hayes open south London health centre as part of wider celebrations for NHS 75th birthday

07 Jul 2023