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NHS Minor Ailments Service

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.

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