Minor Ailments Scheme
If you have a minor ailment then the pharmacist can treat you. Where commissioned locally it may be possible to receive the medicine for free.
If you are entitled to free prescriptions (e.g. on grounds of income, prepayment, medical exemption or under 16 or over 60 years etc) then the pharmacist can provide you with some treatments free of charge under the NHS minor ailments service.
What can my pharmacist help with?
Your pharmacy may be able to help with:
- mild skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, athlete’s foot
- coughs and colds, including blocked nose (nasal congestion), and sore throats
- bruises, sunburn, and minor burns and scalds
- constipation and piles (haemorrhoids)
- hay fever, dry eyes and allergies (including rashes, bites and stings)
- aches and pains, including earache, headache, migraine, back pain and toothache
- vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
- period pain, thrush and cystitis
- head lice (nits)
- conjunctivitis, cold sores and mouth ulcers
- warts and verrucas
- nappy rash and teething
What happens if I pay for my prescriptions?
If you have to pay for your prescriptions then you are still entitled to the pharmacist’s advice, free of charge, but will have to pay for treatment.