The minor ailment scheme is an NHS service that allows the pharmacy to offer advice and medication where appropriate by the pharmacy for a group of minor conditions. The service is free of charge for eligible patients*.
The aim of the service is to provide treatments for minor conditions without the need to see your GP or A&E. You are required to be registered with a local GP in the same area as the pharmacy.
The pharmacist will ask a have a short consultation with you to establish the best course of treatment for you and to give you advice. In more serious cases, the pharmacist might refer you to the GP or other appropriate service for help.
Local GP surgeries or NHS 111 might also refer you to the pharmacy for this service. This service aims to increase utilisation of community pharmacist skills by providing self-care through the pharmacy. It also increases patient choice, convenience, and access to treatment for minor ailments that do not require consultation with a doctor.
If you or someone you look after requires this service, please inquire at the pharmacy for the minor ailment scheme.
No appointment is required for this service. However, the patient who requires treatment under this service must be present at the pharmacy.
Conditions covered by this NHS service vary by area but may include:
Cough and cold
Bites and Stings
Heartburn and Indigestion
Please visit your local Midway Pharmacy for a list of conditions covered in your local area and for more information on eligibility for this service.
*If you are under 16 or over 60 years of age, hold an NHS exemption certificate or receive certain benefits you may be able to receive treatment free of charge. NHS charges apply to other patients but may still be a cost-effective solution. You will be required to answer some questions about your health and other medical conditions before receiving any treatment.