Minor Ailment 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 cols 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.
Minor Injuries Unit - Stobhill Hospital
The Minor Injuries Unit at Stobhill Hospital is open every day from 9am until 9pm.
Who should go to the Minor Injuries Unit?
The unit can treat a range of minor injuries such as cuts, sprains, burns, and minor or possible fractures.
The units are run by highly experienced Emergency Nurse Practitioners who will assess and either treat a minor injury or, if they find a more serious problem, arrange for you to be transferred to the appropriate department or clinician.
Children under the age of one with a minor injury should be taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill.
DO NOT GO to the Minor Injuries Unit for gynaecological or pregnancy problems, alcohol or drugs issues, severe allergic reactions, chest pain, breathing problems, or collapse.