Minor Ailments Service

NHS Minor Ailment Scheme

If you don’t pay for your prescriptions, you may be able to use the NHS Minor Ailment Scheme to get advice and, when appropriate, free treatment for certain common illnesses without seeing a GP

Help for common illnesses

If you want help dealing with a common illness such as a cold, cough or diarrhoea, you may be able to use the free NHS Minor Ailment Scheme at our pharmacies. Our professional pharmacists will be able to offer advice and may be able to offer you medicines for a minor illness without you having to book an appointment to see your GP.

Medicines can be supplied free of charge to the customer if they are exempt from NHS prescription charges.

Illnesses supported within the scheme may differ between locations. Some illnesses covered include:

• Back-ache, sprains and strains

• Colds

• Conjunctivitis

• Constipation

• Coughs

• Diarrhoea

• Earache

• Haemorrhoids

• Hay fever

• Head lice

• Headache and fever

• Heartburn and indigestion

• Insect bites and stings

• Mild eczema and dermatitis

• Minor fungal skin infections

• Mouth ulcers

• Nappy rash

• Sore throat

• Teething

• Threadworm

• Thrush

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