The minor ailment scheme is an NHS service that allows the pharmacy to offer advice and medication where appropriate for a group of minor conditions. The service is free of charge for eligible patients*.
The aim of the service is to provide treatments for minor conditions without the need to see your GP or A&E. You are required to be registered with a local GP in the same area as the pharmacy.
The pharmacist will have a short consultation with you to establish the best course of treatment for you and to give you advice. In more serious cases, the pharmacist might refer you to the GP or other appropriate service for help.
Local GP surgeries or NHS 111 might also refer you to the pharmacy for this service. This service aims to increase the utilisation of community pharmacist skills by providing self-care through the pharmacy. It also increases patient choice, convenience, and access to treatment for minor ailments that do not require consultation with a doctor.
If you or someone you look after requires this service, please inquire at the pharmacy for the minor ailment scheme.
No appointment is required for this service. However, the patient who requires treatment under this service must be present at the pharmacy.
What conditions are included in this service?
Conditions covered by this NHS service vary by area but may include:
Cough & Cold
Bites & Stings
Heartburn & Indigestion
*If you are under 16 or over 60 years of age, hold an NHS exemption certificate or receive certain benefits you may be able to receive treatment free of charge.