Minor Ailment Scheme
Some pharmacies (see below) run a Minor Ailment Scheme, which means they can supply medicines for certain conditions on the NHS. This service is offered in England and Wales where the Clinical Commissioning Group or Health Board commissions the service
If your pharmacy runs a Minor Ailment Scheme and thinks you need a medicine to treat your minor illness, they can supply medicines for this condition and you'll only pay the standard prescription charge.
If you're exempt from paying prescription charges – because you're under 16 or over 60, for example, or you have a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) – you won't pay for the medicine.
*Patients must be older than 2 years to use this service.*
Illnesses covered include:
Back ache, sprains and strains
Minor fungal infections of the skin
Coughs and Colds
Headache and fever
Heartburn and indigestion
Insect bites and stings
Mild eczema and dermatitis
If you say you need an appointment for one of these symptoms, the Receptionist may advise you to contact your pharmacy for treatment rather than wait for a doctor or nurse.
You do not need to be referred to the pharmacy, and you may be offered medicines that are cheaper than a prescription charge.
If you are unsure, ask your pharmacist if they are part of the Minor Ailments Scheme. It is intended for your convenience and peace of mind.
Pharmacies in Minor Ailment Scheme
Badhams (Church Road)
Badhams (Stoke Road)
Badhams (St Georges)
Badhams (Hewlett Road)
Badhams (Regent St)
Badhams (Swindon Road, St Pauls)
Boots (High Street)
Lloyds (Coronation Square)
Lloyds (High Street)
Lloyds ( St Pauls) *not all days