NHS Minor Ailments Service
If you fall into one of the categories below you are eligible to register for Minor Ailments:
- Children under 16 (or under 19 if in full-time education);
- People aged over 60 years of age;
- Those on certain benefits (e.g. Income Support);
- People with a valid medical exemption certificate.
When you are registered for the minor ailments service your pharmacist can give you medicine for a minor illness or complaint, if they think you need it. You will not have to pay for this.
You will be able to get advice and free treatment (if you need it) from your pharmacist for problems such as:
Acne, Athletes Foot, Backache, Cold Sores, Cough, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Earache, Eczema, Allergies, Haemorrhoids (Piles), Hay Fever, Headache, Head Lice, Indigestion, Mouth Ulcers, Pain, Nasal Congestion, Period Pain, Thrush, Sore Throat, Warts, Threadworms, Verrucae.
Your pharmacist, like your doctor, can only give out certain medicines and products. You may not get the medicine or product you would normally buy.
If your pharmacist feels it is better for you to see your GP, they may refer you directly or ask you to make an appointment at your surgery.
You can register at any pharmacy for this service.