Pharmacies fight infections

Pharmacies across Forth Valley now offer treatment for common infections
Pharmacies across Forth Valley now offer treatment for common infections

Pharmacies across Forth Valley could become the first port of call for people needing treatment for an uncomplicated urine infection.

From Tuesday, all 76 pharmacies – including the 34 in the Falkirk area – will be able to offer, if appropriate, free antibiotic treatment without the need for a prescription. On the spot medication will also be available, without prescription, for impetigo – a common skin infection.

The move to make treatments available for these conditions in local pharmacies came after figures for 2014/15 showed that almost 22,000 patients in Forth Valley were prescribed the antibiotic Trimethoprim by a GP for a urine infection.

NHS Forth Valley’s Pharmacy Director Gail Caldwell said: “Offering treatment in pharmacies not only takes pressure off GP services, but also makes it easier for people to get help without having to make an appointment.”