Pharmacy First for Minor Conditions

The Minor Ailments Scheme has been renamed "Pharmacy First for Minor Conditions".

Please see poster below:


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.

The "Pharmacy First for Minor Conditions" cannot treat:

- Pregnant patients

- Those who have tried an OTC treatment which have not worked

- Immunocompromised patients

What minor illnesses are covered?

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

  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Athlete's foot
  • Diarrhoea
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Head lice
  • Groin area infection
  • Threadworms
  • Vaginal Thrush
  • Ear wax
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Oral Thrush
  • Verrucae
  • Scabies

Please see attached Minor Ailments Scheme leaflet for further information (correct as of 10/01/22):

Minor Ailments Scheme Information.TIF


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


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