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Nhs Minor ailments scheme free treatments without having to see your GP

mcpaddymcpaddy

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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    mcpaddy
    can someone move thread to freebies please not used to the new layout of the site lol
    mcpaddy
    wow cold already how can saving time and money be cold anyone tried purchasing teething gel lately at over £2.50 a throw
    goonertillidie
    Moved to freebies - Thanks for the report(s) :)
    mcpaddy
    thanks for the move guys
    worton
    So what stores do this? Any in bristol?
    xJayJayx89
    all of my local pharmacies have these, its not just boots.
    PH4TC4T
    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
    london7117
    any east london?
    PH4TC4T
    london7117
    any east london?


    The NHS Minor Ailments service is available at pharmacies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and selected stores in England and Wales.
    ebZan
    its been on for years !!!!!!!!!!!! all pharmarcies have this scheme
    mcpaddy
    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
    mlauchlan
    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!
    JAYKAY72
    Asda pharmacy also do this service
    jamie60509
    Thanks for posting, I'd never heard about this. I wish there were somewhere you could see a list of places that participate Wales
    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.

    Edited By: takethatfan1978 on Oct 24, 2012 19:48
    kickingkings
    So for the working person who is short of time this is of no use?
    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
    mcpaddy
    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
    takethatfan1978
    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.
    mcpaddy
    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

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