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Common Ailments Scheme

Common Ailments Scheme

The pharmacy common ailment service is a scheme whereby patients are encouraged to consult a participating community pharmacy, rather than their own GP.  A consultation with the Pharmacist will be made and appropriate medication prescribed or a referral back to the GP if required.

What minor illnesses are covered?

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

  • Back-ache, sprains and strains
  • Colds
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earache
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Hay fever
  • Head lice
  • Headache and fever
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mild eczema and dermatitis
  • Minor fungal skin infections
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Sore throat
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Thrush


  • Convenient: No need to make an appointment
  • Advice: Pharmacist can refer you to a GP if necessary
  • Flexible: Many pharmacies are open at the weekend

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