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Minor Ailments

Family healthcare advice without an appointment from your Pharmacist

Did you know that you can register at your pharmacy for the Minor Ailments Service?  There are many items that can be prescribed free of charge without the need for an appointment with your GP.  You can use the NHS Minor Ailments Service if you are  registered with a GP Surgery in Scotland and:

  • you are under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education.
  • you are 60 or over.
  • you have a valid maternity exemption certificate, medical exemption certificate, or war pension exemption certificate.
  • you get Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, or
  • you are named on, or entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate.

Check with your Pharmacist first who will advise whether they can help or whether it is better for you to make an appointment with your GP.

You can’t use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if you live in a care home

So what does the Minor Ailments Service offer?

You’ll be able to get advice and free treatment from your community Pharmacist for minor illnesses and ailments such as:

  • Acne
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Back ache
  • Cold sores
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Diarrhoea
  • Ear-ache
  • Eczema and allergies
  • Haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Hay fever
  • Headaches
  • Head lice
  • Indigestion
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nasal congestion
  • Pain
  • Period pain
  • Thrush
  • Sore throat
  • Threadworms
  • Warts and verrucae