Minor Ailments

Pharmacists can help recognise and treat many common illnesses. They can give advice and where appropriate, recommend over-the-counter medicines that could help clear up the problem.

If they think you need to see a GP for your illness, they will advise you to do that.

Visiting your pharmacy about common health problems frees up time for GPs and A&E departments, which are already stretched, especially during the winter months.

What minor illnesses are covered?

Illnesses supported within the scheme may differ between locations. Some illnesses covered include:

  • Haemorrhoids
  • Acute Diarrhoea
  • Head lice
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Minor fungal skin infections
  • Threadworms
  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Vaginal Thrush
  • Earwax
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Thrush
  • Verrucae
  • Scabies

Local pharmacies also provide a free smoking cessation service with nicotine replacement therapy and support.



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