Lots of people may already know about this but I'm certain many don't as it's not exactly widely publicised. I've included a link to the Boots Website, however you need to request this from your GP.
Basically if you don't pay for prescriptions (Under 16's do not) then you can request a 'PHARMACY FIRST CARD' from your GP receptionist.
This card entitles you to many free medicines without having to visit your doctor and obtain a prescription including; Liquid Paracetamol (calpol) and Sudocrem. Just take your card along to the pharmacy, explain the symptoms and the pharmacist will give you something to suit e.g. nappy rash, teething etc. There is no charge for this!
If you have young children like me then I'm sure you get through loads of Sudocrem and calpol and this has been a real help to me. I'll admit I've not used it for much else but there's a long list of ailments it's suitable for below.
Here's the official spiel;
Help for common illnesses
If you want help dealing with a common illness such as a cold, cough or diarrhoea, you may be able to use the free NHS Minor Ailment Scheme at selected pharmacies, including some Boots pharmacies. Our pharmacist will be able to offer advice and may be able to offer you medicines for a minor illness without you having to book an appointment to see your GP.
Who is the service for?
Schemes vary between locations, but the NHS Minor Ailment Scheme is for adults and children who:
Are registered with a GP surgery which is taking part in the scheme
Want treatment for a minor illness included in your local scheme
Medicines can be supplied free of charge to the customer if they are exempt from NHS prescription charges.
The NHS Minor Ailment Scheme is available in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but only in selected pharmacies across England and Wales. Ask your local Boots pharmacy whether they offer the scheme and they'll check if you're eligible to receive it.
How it works
1.) Talk to a pharmacist about your illness and they will offer advice
2.) If a medicine is needed, the pharmacist will check your eligibility and whether the illness is covered by the scheme
3.) A suitable medicine may be offered to you*
*Charges will apply if you normally pay for your prescriptions. If you're exempt, for example people under 16 or over 60, then you won't pay for the medicine as this service is funded by the NHS.
What minor illnesses are covered?
Illnesses supported within the scheme may differ between locations. Some illnesses covered include:
Back-ache, sprains and strains
Headache and fever
Heartburn and indigestion
Insect bites and stings
Mild eczema and dermatitis
Minor fungal skin infections
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
Read more at http://www.boots.com/prescription-support/minorailments#oizHS2fjcbIJDB3Q.99
this is not only at Boots lots of other chemists do this.
Also worth a read of this threadhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/save-nhs-from-bankruptcy-bag-yourself-a-bargain-same-time-e-g-paracetamol-500mgs-2569766