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NHS Minor Ailments Service

Eligibility requirements for MAS from 1 April 2020

The following persons are eligible for the service:

  • persons who are registered with the Defence Medical Services;
  • persons who are registered on a permanent basis with a Scottish GP practice.

The following persons are not eligible:

  • persons who are not registered with either a Scottish GP practice or the Defence Medical Services, or are only registered with a Scottish GP practice as a temporary resident;
  • persons who are listed above but are resident in a care home.

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.

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