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Not sure if posted before I have searched but found nothing listed, I have personally used this service to get my daughters teething gel and it's saved me quite a lot of money and time wasted at the doctors

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.

by selected store's it means basically boots link here:

http://www.boots.com/en/Pharmacy-Health/Health-pharmacy-services/Pharmacy-services-support/I-need-more-information/Minor-ailments-service-NHS/

Your pharmacist may be able to help with:
skin conditions, such as mild acne and mild eczema
coughs and colds, including nasal congestion and sore throat
minor cuts and bruises
constipation and haemorrhoids (piles)
hay fever and allergies
aches and pains, such as headaches, earache and backache
indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
period pain and thrush
warts and verrucas, mouth ulcers and cold sores
athlete's foot
nappy rash and teething
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#1
can someone move thread to freebies please not used to the new layout of the site lol
#2
wow cold already how can saving time and money be cold anyone tried purchasing teething gel lately at over £2.50 a throw
[mod]#3
Moved to freebies - Thanks for the report(s) :)
#4
thanks for the move guys
#5
So what stores do this? Any in bristol?
#6
all of my local pharmacies have these, its not just boots.
#7
This scheme is for all pharmacies as well as Boots and in store chemists like Tesco's.

This started about 12-18 months ago. A scheme to save trips to the doctors and only certain things are covered. I have had Gaviscon for indigestion and Allergy Syrup similar to Piriton for kids hay fever. You will need to know your NHS Number for this though so have your card handy or if it is your local they may find you on the system. If medicine or item is for yourself you must get it or if for the kids then they must be with you. Sign a couple of places and job done.

One good thing come out from the NHS to save time and money!

Edited By: PH4TC4T on Oct 24, 2012 13:50
#8
any east london?
#9
london7117
any east london?

The NHS Minor Ailments service is available at pharmacies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and selected stores in England and Wales.
#10
its been on for years !!!!!!!!!!!! all pharmarcies have this scheme
2 Likes #11
ebZan
its been on for years !!!!!!!!!!!! all pharmarcies have this scheme

It may have been out for some time but not everyone knows what they are entitled to
#12
Yeah we have used it a few times now. I was told it was "pharmacy first" service, they are limited to the treatments they can give over the counter the same way as if you'd been given a prescription; (they have a strict limited list of which medications they can prescribe), we could only have a tablet form of a medication and not liquid for the children who were only 2 and 3 at the time so wasn't any good but great if you have long wait times to see a GP for something that you can diagnose and know what treatment you will probably need.

never thought to post on here for others :/ heat added!
#13
Asda pharmacy also do this service
#14
Thanks for posting, I'd never heard about this. I wish there were somewhere you could see a list of places that participate Wales
#15
mcpaddy
wow cold already how can saving time and money be cold anyone tried purchasing teething gel lately at over £2.50 a throw

It has been out a long time and is a great service however I have always bought teething gel/nappy rash cream/paracetamol etc with my shopping.
Having kids is certainly expensive but have never bothered about the cost of teething gel,if its been needed then I have bought it-there are far more expensive things than teething gel.
I also can't believe people would go and ask for nappy rash cream-again it was always something I bought as and when it was needed or bought it when doing my tesco shop.

Edited By: takethatfan1978 on Oct 24, 2012 19:48
#16
So for the working person who is short of time this is of no use?
1 Like #17
takethatfan1978
mcpaddy
wow cold already how can saving time and money be cold anyone tried purchasing teething gel lately at over £2.50 a throw

It has been out a long time and is a great service however I have always bought teething gel/nappy rash cream/paracetamol etc with my shopping.
Having kids is certainly expensive but have never bothered about the cost of teething gel,if its been needed then I have bought it-there are far more expensive things than teething gel.
I also can't believe people would go and ask for nappy rash cream-again it was always something I bought as and when it was needed or bought it when doing my tesco shop.

I was made redundant in march of this year from a very high paying job due to the way the economy has shrunk leaving me with over 20k in debt, and I'm glad you can still afford to get things for your child but a lot of people like me simply don't have the resources anymore due so this does come in handy
#18
kickingkings
So for the working person who is short of time this is of no use?

If you get free prescriptions or child tax credit or working tax credit you are eligible
#19
mcpaddy
takethatfan1978
mcpaddy
wow cold already how can saving time and money be cold anyone tried purchasing teething gel lately at over £2.50 a throw

It has been out a long time and is a great service however I have always bought teething gel/nappy rash cream/paracetamol etc with my shopping.
Having kids is certainly expensive but have never bothered about the cost of teething gel,if its been needed then I have bought it-there are far more expensive things than teething gel.
I also can't believe people would go and ask for nappy rash cream-again it was always something I bought as and when it was needed or bought it when doing my tesco shop.

I was made redundant in march of this year from a very high paying job due to the way the economy has shrunk leaving me with over 20k in debt, and I'm glad you can still afford to get things for your child but a lot of people like me simply don't have the resources anymore due so this does come in handy

All i was saying is if i needed teething gel or whatever then i would pick it up with my shopping as I have always done,its nothing to do with being able to afford it or not.

My oldest is now 14.5 and back,before this was introduced I wouldn't have even dreamed about making a gp app to get nappy rash cream,calpol or what ever was needed,I would have just bought it whether I could afford it or not,which if iirc I probably couldnt then!

This is a great service and is not just for people on benefits,all children are entitled to free prescriptions so will be able to benefit from this too.
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I didn't mean anything by my previous comment just that life is more of a struggle nowadays and having to wait to see a dr about other problems not necessarily the kiddies it's nice just to be able to get what you need with out having to wait a week for a doctors appointment
1 Like #21
This is fab, wish they had this when I was a kid would have made life so much easier for my mum. Suppose you can get lice treatment for the kids as it can be a pain to go to GP for that.
#22
london7117
any east london?
ya east london on high road,zadam,eden pharmacy,loyads,britannia and almost all the pharmacies on green lane.Hope it helps
#23
sandrabear
This is fab, wish they had this when I was a kid would have made life so much easier for my mum. Suppose you can get lice treatment for the kids as it can be a pain to go to GP for that.

Why would you go to the gp for headlice??

Conditioner,nit comb and plenty combing for a few days is the best way of getting rid of lice.
banned#24
is this only for kids or can people over 18 qualify too?

Edited By: deelz001 on Oct 25, 2012 16:29
#25
It's for anyone who already gets free prescriptions adults and children
1 Like #26
jellybaby22
takethatfan1978
sandrabear
This is fab, wish they had this when I was a kid would have made life so much easier for my mum. Suppose you can get lice treatment for the kids as it can be a pain to go to GP for that.

Why would you go to the gp for headlice??

Conditioner,nit comb and plenty combing for a few days is the best way of getting rid of lice.

Or go to gp and they give u reallllly strong stuff that kills them in one go.....my eldest got them couple of years ago..she has waist length curly hair..combing wouldn't work....

So does mine and the stuff didn't work which is why I put her in the bath every night for a week and combed through the conditioner which got rid,far better than any strong chemicals!

I was meaning re the gp,that I wouldn't waste a gp appointment for headlice treatment!
#27
great...
#28
I understand about the comment of ''I just pop it in my basket'' @ Tesco's or whatever , if you pop it in your basket it isn't free & it costs money , if you get it on prescription even if it is nappy rash cream or Calpol etc then it is free and on a TIGHT budget it can be a matter of a plain baked potato for dinner or a baked potato with cheese or beans on it (_;)

( I understand about not wanting to bother the doctor for the basic stuff & its easier to buy it yourself , so glad they have this scheme now as you can get the basic stuff without having to go to the doctors or leaving yourself short of cash xx)




Edited By: cazzap06 on Oct 26, 2012 23:34: add
#29
I think on HUKD sometimes we get carried away with reading the stories like ''I just bought 50 packs of cheese!'' Forgetting that there are some people who could only afford to buy two!!

( That is what I personally love about HUKD , helping out those who are really struggling , not those who wanna pack their freezers to bursting point & then go & buy a 2nd freezer! (_;) ) lol x
#30
cazzap06
I understand about the comment of ''I just pop it in my basket'' @ Tesco's or whatever , if you pop it in your basket it isn't free & it costs money , if you get it on prescription even if it is nappy rash cream or Calpol etc then it is free and on a TIGHT budget it can be a matter of a plain baked potato for dinner or a baked potato with cheese or beans on it (_;)

I completely understand that and as I have said this is a brilliant service for the people that do genuinely need it. I just can't get my head round people making an appointment with a gp for headlice or because nappy rash cream is needed. Its maybe because I work in health care and see people unable to get an appointment with their gp because its so busy. Probably worse as I work with palliative care patients who are seriously ill.

When my oldest two were very small and we were on an extremely tight budget I still bought cream etc if we needed it and probably couldn't afford it,but back then it was more or less only visiting a gp if you were really ill!

Edited By: takethatfan1978 on Oct 26, 2012 22:58
#31
cazzap06
I think on HUKD sometimes we get carried away with reading the stories like ''I just bought 50 packs of cheese!'' Forgetting that there are some people who could only afford to buy two!!

( That is what I personally love about HUKD , helping out those who are really struggling , not those who wanna pack their freezers to bursting point & then go & buy a 2nd freezer! (_;) ) lol x

50 packets of cheese is just plain greed more than anything else,no doubt there will be folk complaining that they are putting on weight after scoffing it all!! :)
#32
Win win I think, less time messing around waiting for appointments at gp and gp has more time to write sicknotes, I mean to see serious cases
#33
Good idea but the cost of the free things ultimately comes out of the NHS budget which we all pay in taxes.
#34
mgreen2011
Good idea but the cost of the free things ultimately comes out of the NHS budget which we all pay in taxes.

if we went to the doctors or not it would come out of the NHS budget
#35
Try going into pharmacy s around me in London and she how they look at you when you try and do this with your free prescriptions card. My circumstances are extremely tight without going into details and these things are hopeless.
#36
I have checked this last time it was posted and was told no money in Cumbria to fund it. No nationwide.
#37
I have checked this last time it was posted and was told no money in Cumbria to fund it. No nationwide.
#38
Try a different pharmacy as its still going nationwide according to my gp

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