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If you or your children don't pay for prescriptions you can use the NHS Minor Ailments service to get advice and medicines free of charge.
The NHS Minor Ailments service is available at pharmacies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and selected stores in England and Wales so check locally with your Boots pharmacist for availability.

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3 Likes #1
In Scotland, no-one pays for prescriptions - access to the minor ailments service depends on you having long-term health issues, such as diabetes, etc.
#2
How do u find out which pharmacy ' s do this?
#3
I live in Scotland and there is a minor ailments service and has no specific at ns it'sfor minor ailments not major ailments iit's to cut out seeing gp
#4
I work at an independent pharmacy and we do it, so worth asking your local chemist.
#5
My local Boots (Cambridge) is signed up to this scheme, it's great as you can free headlice/nit treatment instead of paying £15+ per bottle. My sisters aren't so lucky as they haven't found a chemist signed up to this scheme in Braintree or Hackney.
#6
Access to the Minor Ailments does NOT depend on having Long Term Health Issues. There is certain criteria and only certain Medicines which are available. Any Pharmacy will be able to advise you if you are eligible
#7
available in Liverpool but not in Wirral
#8
No one pays for prescriptions in Wales either, however we are only trialing Common Ailments in a number of pharmacies in Wales. It is hoped that it will reduce the number of people going to GP's and use the pharmacist instead. It is a very worthwhile service though.
#9
The only thing is not all nhs trusts provide this service plus it is restricted to only certain pharmacies and certain ailments. It is always best to ring 111 first if you are unsure of whether your local area provide the scheme. I know that Derbyshire a d Nottinghamshire do not provide this service.
#10
I live in Scotland and there is a service for the minor ailments service with most pharmacies ie boots and our local tesco pharmacy does it
#11
I asked at my boots store and the lady said it is only if your on certain benefits and does NOT include the head lice treatment now. It used to but it does not anymore. I don't know if it is just my area but that is what she said!
#12
alg, sorry but you are misinformed.
In Scotland you just need to simply register with your chemist for minor ailments. No need for long term illness etc
Just register and for days like a Saturday when the Dr is closed just pop in and they can issue a prescription for minor ailments without a Dr.
They are qualified pharmacists for a reason.
I use it for my kids. Nappy rashes, teething etc. things that need care but not a Dr.
1 Like #13
I posted this a while ago but for some reason it's been expired.. Thanks for making more people aware and reminding people, it's an excellent service :)

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#14
Thanks , I didn't even know this service existed . very handy for the kids
#15
Google chemists rather then ring 111 i just got a bit if a telling off fromm 111 operator x
1 Like #16
this has been in our area for a while, at least since out kids were small, but in the end felt bad getting calpol and the likes when its relatively cheap anyway, good for things that you cant buy cheap over the counter. don't want to sound harsh so please don't take this the wrong way but its not free we end up paying for it in the end and there is a need for nurses, doctors and more expensive medicines and so little cash that if you can afford to pay for it please do :)
#17
I stay in Scotland and our local Boots only ever let me use it when I was pregnant or my kids were under a year old! If I go in and ask for it now they refer me to my gp :-/
#18
Leo83
I asked at my boots store and the lady said it is only if your on certain benefits and does NOT include the head lice treatment now. It used to but it does not anymore. I don't know if it is just my area but that is what she said!

If you open the link, it's got another tab to open that says the sort of ailments that are treated and head lice is one of them :)
#19
It's called care at the chemist in North East England. Some boots have it as do some asda pharmacies. You can get free paracetamol for children and free head lice treatment :-)
#20
In Scotland only the following are eligible for minor ailments-
-persons who are under 16 years of age or under 19 years of age and in full-time education;
-persons who are aged 60 years or over;
-persons who have a valid maternity exemption certificate, medical exemption certificate, or war pension exemption certificate;
-persons who get Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support -- -Allowance, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit; and
persons who are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate.

Your text here
#21
joleen66
Google chemists rather then ring 111 i just got a bit if a telling off fromm 111 operator x


You should have reminded the operator that 111 is for exactly that kind of inquiry and to remember who pays their wages!
#22
and that's why NHS is unfunded, by Scotland and Wales not paying 8.05 for prescriptions. so England suffer yet again, if they paid like the rest maybe the NHS will not be suffering.

we pay N.I and prescriptions in England, Scotland and Wales and unsure about Ireland.

but person on monthly medication say two items, their getting their N.I paid back by free prescription nice one #not
1 Like #23
fayealfie
How do u find out which pharmacy ' s do this?


Go inside and ask "Do you run the minor ailments service"?

Or if you are shy look at the window or door as a POSTER needs to be displayed to let the public know.
#24
By the way. This service can be offered by small pharmacies too, not just Boots etc.
#25
TAZMANUK
and that's why NHS is unfunded, by Scotland and Wales not paying 8.05 for prescriptions. so England suffer yet again, if they paid like the rest maybe the NHS will not be suffering.

we pay N.I and prescriptions in England, Scotland and Wales and unsure about Ireland.

but person on monthly medication say two items, their getting their N.I paid back by free prescription nice one #not


If you knew the real cost a Pharmacy pays for stock you would be fuming. It is nowhere near the 8.05 for most items.
#26
can people with ppc use this?
#27
pharmacyguy
fayealfie
How do u find out which pharmacy ' s do this?


Go inside and ask "Do you run the minor ailments service"?

Or if you are shy look at the window or door as a POSTER needs to be displayed to let the public know.
pharmacyguy
By the way. This service can be offered by small pharmacies too, not just Boots etc.
pharmacyguy
TAZMANUK
and that's why NHS is unfunded, by Scotland and Wales not paying 8.05 for prescriptions. so England suffer yet again, if they paid like the rest maybe the NHS will not be suffering.

we pay N.I and prescriptions in England, Scotland and Wales and unsure about Ireland.

but person on monthly medication say two items, their getting their N.I paid back by free prescription nice one #not


If you knew the real cost a Pharmacy pays for stock you would be fuming. It is nowhere near the 8.05 for most items.
Wow, pharmacyguy, you registered just over an hour ago especially to post on this thread!
#28
fayealfie
How do u find out which pharmacy ' s do this?

most if not all should do it.
#29
I have asked about this in Cumbria and been advised that it has not been rolled out her.
And when I requested prescription for my daughters head lice last year at my local surgery, they would not prescribe.
Seem unfair.
#30
jenmumof5
Leo83
I asked at my boots store and the lady said it is only if your on certain benefits and does NOT include the head lice treatment now. It used to but it does not anymore. I don't know if it is just my area but that is what she said!
If you open the link, it's got another tab to open that says the sort of ailments that are treated and head lice is one of them :)


according to Boots website headlice is covered.
#31
samarac
Thanks , I didn't even know this service existed . very handy for the kids

A lot of pharmacies ( in my area) dont treat under 5's under minor ailments
#32
HughMoodie
alg, sorry but you are misinformed.
In Scotland you just need to simply register with your chemist for minor ailments. No need for long term illness etc
Just register and for days like a Saturday when the Dr is closed just pop in and they can issue a prescription for minor ailments without a Dr.
They are qualified pharmacists for a reason.
I use it for my kids. Nappy rashes, teething etc. things that need care but not a Dr.

This is where money gets wasted i have never heard of anyone getting a script for nappy rash or teething. I would just have bought it and wouldnt have had the nerve had i known about it to ask for it for free. OTC treatments aren't that dear after all
#33
IWOOTN
jenmumof5
Leo83
I asked at my boots store and the lady said it is only if your on certain benefits and does NOT include the head lice treatment now. It used to but it does not anymore. I don't know if it is just my area but that is what she said!
If you open the link, it's got another tab to open that says the sort of ailments that are treated and head lice is one of them :)
according to Boots website headlice is covered.
Who would want to go to a pharmacy to get headlice ;)
#34
HughMoodie
alg, sorry but you are misinformed.
In Scotland you just need to simply register with your chemist for minor ailments. No need for long term illness etc
Just register and for days like a Saturday when the Dr is closed just pop in and they can issue a prescription for minor ailments without a Dr.
They are qualified pharmacists for a reason.
I use it for my kids. Nappy rashes, teething etc. things that need care but not a Dr.

Comment #20 suggests the information is contradictory on who is eligible - my son and I both registered when we still had to pay for prescriptions (at the chemist's suggestion). I don't know that I've ever used it for myself though. But it was helpful at one point for my son, as it allowed us to get something for him that you couldn't get in any of the local chemists over the counter, and normally on prescription only.
#35
My NHS trust stopped offering minor ailments scheme as too many people were taking advantage of getting a freebie. Greed of the few spoiling it for the many.
#36
My NHS trust stopped offering minor ailments scheme as too many people were taking advantage of getting a freebie. Greed of the few spoiling it for the many.
#37
Neither my partner or myself are on any type of benifits or have any certificates and our local chemist in Scotland has said everyone is entitiled to it, and we have used it without issue. You can only be registered to one chemist with it though.
#38
asda pharmacies do it too using a pharmacy plus book...well peterborough Asda does x
#39
for under 16 that is.
#40
I believe this is only for ppl on benefits....according to a family member who is a pharmacist at boots.

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