Minor Ailment Scheme
What is the Minor Ailment Scheme?
This scheme allows some pharmacies to supply treatment for certain conditions for free on the NHS, as well as offering you advise and support about how to care for minor conditions yourself. Anyone who doesn't normally have to pay for prescriptions from a GP (eg. under 16's, over 60's, on benefits etc) is eligible for the scheme and will not need to pay for the medicine that the pharmacy suggests. However, if you normally pay for your prescriptions you will have to pay a prescription charge for the medication provided. The medicines covered by the scheme can vary at different pharmacies so you will need to speak to your local pharmacy about what they offer.
Which local pharmacies provide this service?
Some of the illnesses covered include:
Back ache, sprains and strains
Headache and fever
Heartburn / indigestion
Minor fungal infections
You do not have to make an appointment with your GP or pharmacist and you do not even have to go to the surgery first. Instead, you can go direct to the pharmacy and ask if you can be treated under the Pharmacy First Scheme.