The Minor Ailments Service through local community pharmacies:
- Encourages patient ability to self treat minor ailments
- Supports the use of the pharmacy as a first point of call for health advice and allows the pharmacist to make more use of their professional skills
- Improves patient accessibility to treatment without the need of an appointment
- Provides an alternative to a GP consultation for patients
- Benefits other parts of the healthcare service particularly A&E Departments and Out-Of-Hours medical services.
All patients aged three months or over and registered with a GP practice can use this free scheme.
Do you have a minor ailment?
- Athlete’s Foot
- Cold Sores
- Head Lice
- Jock Itch
- Mouth Ulcers and Inflammation
- Oral Thrush
- Removal of Ear Wax
- Vaginal Thrush
Do you need to see a Doctor?
No, Because you can get advice and treatment if appropriate from a community pharmacist.
Why go to your pharmacist first?
Pharmacists are trained to deal with minor ailments.You will receive quick, expert advice without the need to see your GP.
Can you go to any Pharmacy?
Most pharmacies are involved in the service and they will display an arrow and cross sign to identify themselves.
What will the pharmacist ask?
The pharmacist will ask you about:
- Your symptoms
- Other medicines you take
- Illnesses you may have
This will help them make an appropriate recommendation for treatment. In some cases the pharmacist may need to refer you to the GP but in the majority of cases the pharmacist will be able to treat you.
If your symptoms persist you should seek further advice from the pharmacist or your GP