Minor Ailment Scheme

What is the Minor Ailment Scheme?

The Minor Ailment Scheme enables a pharmacist to diagnose and treat minor ailments for free from the pharmacy, without the need to see a GP. This means your pharmacist will be able to offer expert advice in a more timely manner, especially as pharmacies are often open longer than GP surgeries. If you are eligible and treatment for your minor ailment is covered, you can receive medicine free of charge.

Can I get free medication?

Patients who are eligible for free medication under the minor ailments scheme are patients who are:

  • Aged under 16
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 years and in full-time education.

Can I get free Calpol?

Pharmacies will offer the generic version of medicines when available. As Calpol is available as a paracetomol liquid your pharmacist will likely offer you this medicine (which is medically equivalent to Calpol). The medicine is only free if you are eligible for the Minor Ailment Scheme and your pharmacy is enrolled.

Does my pharmacy offer the Minor Ailment Scheme?

Not every pharmacy offers this service, so you will need to check with your local pharmacy to see if they offer this service. The local pharmacy attached to Blacketts Medical Practice is Rowlands Pharmacy, who currently DO run the minor ailment scheme.

Why is the medicine free?

The Minor Ailment Scheme is designed to take some of the pressure off GPs by enabling local community pharmacists to offer expert advice and free treatment to some patients on the NHS. This frees up GP time and helps improve access for patients with more complex conditions. The scheme also helps save money for the NHS, as the cost of a GP consultation versus a pharmacist consultation is almost three times higher.

The conditions which the service can treat and medicines which can be supplied are listed below:

Condition Formulary
Sore Throat Cetirizine 10mg Tablets x 30
Headache/Earache/Temperature Cetirizine 1mg/1ml oral solution s/f 200ml
Meningitis Check Sheet Chlorphenamine 4mg Tablets x 28
Thrush Chlorphenamine 2mg/5ml oral solution s/f 150ml
Allergic Contact Dermatitis Clotrimazole Cream 1% x 20g
Head Lice Clotrimazole Pessary 500mg x 1
Hay Fever/Rhinitis Co-magaldrox Suspension 500ml (MAALOX)
Athletes Foot Dimeticone 4% Lotion 2 x 50ml (HEDRIN)
Threadworms Dioralyte Sachets x 6 (DIORALYTE)
Nasal Congestion Fluconazole Capsule 150mg x 1
Indigestion/Heartburn Gaviscon Tablets 250mg Peppermint x 16 (GAVISCON)
Diarrhoea Hydrocortisone 1% cream 15G
Constipation Ibuprofen 100mg/5ml oral suspension s/f 100ml
Infant Teething Ibuprofen 200mg tabs x 24
Loperamide Capsules x 6
Malathion Aqueous Liquid 200ml (DERBAC)
Mebendazole Tablets 100mg x 1 (OVEX)
Menthol and Eucalyptus inhalation 100ml
Paracetamol 120mg/5ml oral suspension x 200ml
Paracetamol 250mg/5ml oral suspension s/f 200ml
Paracetamol 500mg tabs x 32
Peptac Liquid x 500ml (PEPTAC)
Plastic Head Lice Combs (NITRID)
Senna Tablets x 20

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