Pharmacy First

The PFS is a new advanced service that will replace the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).

The PFS includes 7 new clinical pathways.

This allows pharmacists to offer advice and prescribe NHS medicines to treat:


sore throat


infected insect bites



uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women

At a glance: facts about Pharmacy First

Patients will be able to access the 7 clinical pathways element via referrals from referring organisations including general practice, urgent and emergency care settings, and NHS 111 (online and via telephone). In addition, for the 7 common conditions clinical pathway consultations only, patients can access the service by attending or contacting the pharmacy directly without the need for referral.