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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?

HBS 

Kadri

Ashton

NHL

Cottam Lane

Ribble Village 

MX

Lloyd's

Moor Park

Boots (Deepdale) 

Some of the illnesses covered include:

Back ache, sprains and strains

Colds

Conjunctivitis

Constipation

Coughs

Diarrhoea

Earache

Hayfever

Headlice

Headache and fever

Heartburn / indigestion

Mild eczema

Minor fungal infections

Mouth ulcers

Nappy rash

Sore throat

Teething

Thrush

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.

 

 

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