Minor Ailments Advice
Thanks to the NHS funded Minor Ailments Scheme, it is no longer necessary to visit your GP for illnesses of a minor nature which can now be treated by your local Pharmacist. All you have to do is visit your local pharmacy where you can get advice and treatment from the Pharmacist, who may well be able to prescribe medicines to treat these minor conditions effectively. Under the Minor Ailments service, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to receive these medicines free of charge.
Pharmacists are trained to deal with minor ailments and have welcomed the opportunity to supply treatment free to eligible patients. The service offers a huge benefit to patients since they receive quick, expert ‘drop-in’ advice in the pharmacy without the need to make an appointment with their GP. This will hopefully allow GPs to spend more time focusing on those patients that really need their input.
The service currently covers the following ailments in both adults and children; athlete’s foot, vaginal thrush, oral thrush, head lice, cold sores, mouth ulcers, threadworms, groin itch, diarrhoea and ear wax.