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What is the minor ailment scheme?

The minor ailment scheme is designed to enable people with minor health conditions to access medicines and advice they would otherwise visit their doctor for.

It allows patients to see a qualified health professional at a convenient and accessible location within their community, and means patients do not need to wait for a GP appointment or queue up for a valuable A&E slot with a non-urgent condition.


Ailments that may be treated under the scheme include:

    •  Coughs & colds
    •  Sore Throat
    • Diarrhoea
    • Headache / Earache / Temperature 
    • Hayfever /Insect Bite
    •  Head lice
    •  Nappy rash
    •  Constipation
    •  Vaginal Thrush
    • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
    • Cold Sores
    • Teething
    • Acute Cystitis in Women
    • Eczema and Dry Skin

The Minor Ailment Scheme increases the NHS resources available to patients by utilising pharmacists, with their extensive knowledge, in supporting GPs. Why is this important?


- It allows GPs to concentrate on the complex clinical needs of their patients.

- It provides patients with a additional NHS professional resources that can confidentiality and quickly address their needs when suffering from minor ailments.

- Participating pharmacists can provide, if the patient is entitled, free medication by directly facilitating NHS prescription services for the products identified above.

Please use your NHS and your GP responsibly.


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