NHS Minor Ailment Service
From 23 March 2020, to support the current situation regarding coronavirus, the Minor Ailment Service is being extended to allow anyone registered with a GP practice to speak to a member of the pharmacy team for advice and treatment without needing to see their GP. Please follow the guidance below.
The NHS Minor Ailment Service is available from all community pharmacies in Scotland. The service offers confidential advice and treatment, if you need it, for a number of common illnesses and complaints without the need for an appointment with your GP. Here are just some of the conditions that your pharmacist can help you with:
acne athlete's foot backache cold sores
constipation coughs and colds diarrhoea earache
eczema and allergies pain haemorrhoids (piles) hay fever
headache head lice indigestion mouth ulcers
nasal congestion period pain thrush
sore throat threadworms warts and veruccae
You can register with the community pharmacy of your choice. You don't have to make an appointment - you can go along at a time that suits you. Your consultation will always be with a pharmacist and is completely free of charge. Please note that the service is only available to those who did not previously pay for prescriptions before all charges were abolished, e.g. patients on benefits, students, children and the elderly (but not those living in a care home). You must be registered with a GP practice in Scotland.
Pharmacists provide many other services including NHS emergency hormonal contraception; NHS smoking cessation support; advice on travel injection requirements and supply of malaria prevention.