Minor Ailments Scheme
Everyone can go to their pharmacist for advice or to buy a medicine for a minor illness or ailment. The Minor Ailment Scheme is an NHS service for anyone who does not pay prescription charges, including children under 16. After you speak to the pharmacist, they may be able to give you medicines free of charge or without you needing an appointment with your doctor.
There are 72 pharmacies in Hull where you can use the Minor Ailment Scheme, you do not need an appointment and you can attend at a time which suits you. You don’t have to visit your GP first. You will need to show you are eligible to take part in the scheme.
Click here to see which pharmacies run the scheme*.
You are eligible if:
- You are registered with any GP surgery in the Hull area
- You don’t pay for your prescriptions
The pharmacist will ask you some questions about your symptoms, any medication you are currently taking and any allergies to medicine you may have. They will then give you advice on how to best manage your symptoms and will be able to give you medicine, if you need it, and advice on how and when to take this. Just like when visiting your doctor, all information you give is confidential, and any medication you are given is only to be used by yourself and taken as directed. For community pharmacy opening times this Easter bank holiday weekend click here.
Illnesses and ailments covered by The Minor Ailment Scheme include:
- Athlete’s foot
- Cold sores
- Coughs and colds
- Ear ache
- Eye conditions
- Haemorrhoids (piles)
- Hay fever
- Head lice
- Insect bites and stings
- Mouth ulcers
- Nasal congestion
- Nappy rash
- Skin conditions
- Thread worm
- Warts and verrucae
Your pharmacist will also be able to advise if you need to visit your GP or if you require medication which only a GP can prescribe to you.
If you’re not sure if you are eligible to take part in the Minor Ailment Scheme then check with your local pharmacy. Call NHS 111 for opening times or check www.nhs.uk
*Correct as of July 2016