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NHS Minor Ailment Service at your Community Pharmacy

A service for people who do not pay prescription charges.

You can now register with the community pharmacy of your choice and you will be able to get advice and free treatment for minor illnesses and ailments such as:

  • Acne
  • Athletes Foot                                       
  • Head Lice
  • Back Ache                                           
  • Indigestion
  • Cold Sores                                            
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Constipation                                        
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Cough                                                   
  • Pain
  • Diarrhoea                                             
  • Period Pain
  • Ear Ache                                              
  • Thrush
  • Eczema and Allergies                        
  • Sore Throat
  • Haemorrhoids (Piles)         
  • Thread Worms
  • Hay Fever                                            
  • Warts and Verrucae
  • Headache

If your pharmacist feels that it would be better for you to see your GP then they may refer you directly or tell you to make an appointment with your GP.

For more information Telephone 0800 22 44 88 (calls are free) or contact your local community pharmacy.


You can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Paracetamol mixture for your children.
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti diarrhoea medicines
  • Re-hydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF 15 or higher 
  • Sunburn treatment (for example calamine)
  • Tweezers
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children.

Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose.

Watch expiry dates – do not keep medicines past their sell-by date.

Take all unwanted and out of date medicines back to the pharmacy

Remember that your local chemist can give your advice about medicines.

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