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FREE MEDICINES FOR MINOR AILMENTS AT MOST LOCAL CHEMIST

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8y, 6d agoPosted 8 years, 6 days ago
According to "NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework Enhanced Service Minor Ailment Service" Examples of ailments which have been commonly included within previously commissioned local schemes are:
Back ache, sprains and strains
Colds
Conjunctivitis
Constipation
Coughs
Diarrhoea
Earache
Haemorrhoids
Hayfever
Head lice
Headache and fever
Heartburn and indigestion
Insect bites and stings
Mild eczema and dermatitis
Minor fungal infections of the skin
Mouth ulcers
Nappy rash
Sore throat
Teething
Threadworm
Thrush


Hi All

My name must give it away, but sure enough most PCT's (Primary Care Trust) or local NHS are doing or are in process of introducing a minor ailment scheme, local to me the scheme is called "Pharmacy First" .... ie visit the pharmacy first!!!. There is momentum for goverment to introduce the scheme nationally to ensure this service regardless of your postcode so that you all will be able to access the minor ailments free for all people exempt from prescription charges. The scheme is run to inprove access to medicines for patients and also to ensure patints access the right healthcare professional for their needs and allows for more GP appointments to be available for those that really need them. Also with many pharmacies open late evening and on the weekends.

To find out if the scheme is available where you live then see the NHS website and contact your local Primary Care Trust or Local NHS. http://www.nhs.uk

Quit a few pharmacies nationally are providing Quit smoking support, from advice to supply of patches, gum, inhalators etc again usually for those exempt for prescription charge, but againt the schemes are local and vary from PCT to PCT.

Also free Chlamydia kits, condoms and even the Morning After Pill from some pharmacies, the pharmacies, must be accredited to provide these services and have a pharmacist that has undertaken the additional training for the local scheme. The morning after pill is usually restricted to those under 25 years of age, but as mentioned before these are local schemes that vary

If people who find out if there PCT area is providing this service I will try and update the list so that it will be part of the description. If your PCT does not provide this service then send an email to the Rt Hon Alan Johnson (Health Secretary) asking why this is not available in your area!! email:- [email protected]

Hope it helps. Credit for this to the calprofen thread on hotukdeals.com

thepharmacist




NHS Peterborough (formally Peterborough PCT)
thepharmacist Avatar
8y, 6d agoPosted 8 years, 6 days ago
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#1
Sounds to good to be true, but awesome if it is...
[mod]#4
ukmonkey
Sounds to good to be true, but awesome if it is...

Nope. It is true. I've been on about this all night in a different thread.
#5
Another scheme that will be milked, till dry! Why would'nt folks then get meds "FOC" and send them to the countries of birth! just one way this great idea will be exploited to the hilt. In my Honest opinion.
#6


Thank you...... did put in my description credit to!!

Dont want any rep for this deal, but would like to increase awareness of the scheme's for those that would benefit. Sorry if I stepped on anybodies toes!:thumbsup:
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Renegade01
Another scheme that will be milked, till dry! Why would'nt folks then get meds "FOC" and send them to the countries of birth! just one way this great idea will be exploited to the hilt. In my Honest opinion.


I know! All these Cybermen coming into MY country and stealing all MY paracetamol!! It's almost enough to make you want to lock your doors and never go out again! :x

Whatever will they think of next, free parachutes for poodles?!?! Of course, I blame that Russell Brand...
:whistling:
#8
Renegade01
Another scheme that will be milked, till dry! Why would'nt folks then get meds "FOC" and send them to the countries of birth! just one way this great idea will be exploited to the hilt. In my Honest opinion.


Believe it or not there are safeguards in place, for the protection of patients and the NHS!! I would respectfully request that you retract your stereotypical comments.
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thepharmacist
Thank you...... did put in my description credit to!!

Dont want any rep for this deal, but would like to increase awareness of the scheme's for those that would benefit. Sorry if I stepped on anybodies toes!:thumbsup:

No problem with the thread, but copying and posting one of my posts did make my teeth grind a bit. Still, I expect I can get something on the minor ailments scheme for grinding teeth. ;-)
#10
jamie60509
Woah, I can almost smell your ignorance from here! :whistling:


I need some febreeze........................................ah thats better:-D
#11
TY! :thumbsup:
#12
andywedge
No problem with the thread, but copying and posting one of my posts did make my teeth grind a bit. Still, I expect I can get something on the minor ailments scheme for grinding teeth. ;-)


Paracetamol!

Your bit was so good that it would have taken me longer to do again and would not have been so good. Rep on the way to you!
#13
Renegade01
Another scheme that will be milked, till dry! Why would'nt folks then get meds "FOC" and send them to the countries of birth! just one way this great idea will be exploited to the hilt. In my Honest opinion.



they can only give certain things free

the rest like head ache nose sprays you will buy off shelf at shelf price

what they cant give and is probably the most prescribed drug in the country is amoxycillin/penicillin - need a prescription which costs - (for those who pay) £7.20!!!

for generics that cost 1p

lots of chemist have had schemes for ages -

lloyds do blood pressure checks - cholestrol - diabetes - all free - saves you booking an appointment
#14
Renegade01
Another scheme that will be milked, till dry! Why would'nt folks then get meds "FOC" and send them to the countries of birth! just one way this great idea will be exploited to the hilt. In my Honest opinion.


I can see your point.
[mod]#15
holly100
they can only give certain things free

the rest like head ache nose sprays you will buy off shelf at shelf price

what they cant give and is probably the most prescribed drug in the country is amoxycillin/penicillin - need a prescription which costs - (for those who pay) £7.20!!!

for generics that cost 1p

lots of chemist have had schemes for ages -

lloyds do blood pressure checks - cholestrol - diabetes - all free - saves you booking an appointment

Medicines for the under 16's are free, so amoxycillin is free. But it is annoying that you have to wait for a doctors apt, then wait in the waiting room for an eternity only to be told what you knew already. That's why this scheme is so good, it will cut that hassle for both doctor and patient by half.
[mod]#16
r&r'smom
I can see your point.

I think you are both a bit cynical....I hope
#17
Ummm, working for the out of hours I can see the benefit but can also see the abuse of it.

Frankly, I do think the headlice stuff should be free - I have four children and spend my entire life combing hair with a nit comb. Get really sick of my children coming home with headlice because other people won't do anything. If i paid for stuff I would be bankrupt. I nearly fell of my chair when my mother returned from holiday with headlice (and no, not from mine) and was prescribed it by the GP
#18
holly100
they can only give certain things free

the rest like head ache nose sprays you will buy off shelf at shelf price

what they cant give and is probably the most prescribed drug in the country is amoxycillin/penicillin - need a prescription which costs - (for those who pay) £7.20!!!

for generics that cost 1p

lots of chemist have had schemes for ages -

lloyds do blood pressure checks - cholestrol - diabetes - all free - saves you booking an appointment


Its £7.10 at the moment in th UK and for Wales its free and Scotland I think £5 at the moment, just for the record!

Most pharmacies offer free blood pressure checks and mamy more of the services you mentioned
#19
I signed up for this at my local Boot's last year, as far as i know you can only sign up if you are entitled to FREE prescription's (may have changed tho ) i.e medical exemption. Any time I've gone in they never give me what I need I had ran out of my Beconase the start of the Summer my hayfever was really bad they wouldn't give me it even tho they can sell it over the counter ( I didn't know that at the time) I had to suffer until I got doc appointment. even tho they manage y prescriptions & it is on my repeat. Also had conjunctivitis (not the right spelling I know) again I had to go to doc's.
So it's not just a giveaway service they don't just take your word, they know me at the store to as I've gone there for 7 year's.
Gillx
#20
andywedge
I think you are both a bit cynical....I hope

Yes, sadly, I think you may be right. It comes from seeing services paid for by the British tax payer being so blatantly abused by those that are not I'm afraid.
#21
haventadog
Ummm, working for the out of hours I can see the benefit but can also see the abuse of it.

Frankly, I do think the headlice stuff should be free - I have four children and spend my entire life combing hair with a nit comb. Get really sick of my children coming home with headlice because other people won't do anything. If i paid for stuff I would be bankrupt. I nearly fell of my chair when my mother returned from holiday with headlice (and no, not from mine) and was prescribed it by the GP


I have to agree that non-nit killing parents are the bane of my life!! I spent a small fortune on every available potion last year in a pointless endeavor to banish the little horrors... (the lice not the parents) Bring back the nit nurse I say!!
[mod]#22
r&r'smom
I have to agree that non-nit killing parents are the bane of my life!! I spent a small fortune on every available potion last year in a pointless endeavor to banish the little horrors... (the lice not the parents) Bring back the nit nurse I say!!

They should have something on this scheme to cure bad parenting.
#23
karaokegill
I signed up for this at my local Boot's last year, as far as i know you can only sign up if you are entitled to FREE prescription's (may have changed tho ) i.e medical exemption. Any time I've gone in they never give me what I need I had ran out of my Beconase the start of the Summer my hayfever was really bad they wouldn't give me it even tho they can sell it over the counter ( I didn't know that at the time) I had to suffer until I got doc appointment. even tho they manage y prescriptions & it is on my repeat. Also had conjunctivitis (not the right spelling I know) again I had to go to doc's.
So it's not just a giveaway service they don't just take your word, they know me at the store to as I've gone there for 7 year's.
Gillx


There are protocols to be followed for your safety. The scheme is available for those that pay for their medication, but most of the items given away for free are below the prescription charge of £7.10, but some items one or two from my recollection, are not available to purchase and this schemes allow for these items to be supplied to patients under a special direction.
#24
andywedge
They should have something on this scheme to cure bad parenting.


Yes, this would be real cure.
#25
Spending my weekends taking calls from the sick and ailing - i think that it would be a fair assessment to say that if you got rid of the people with no common sense - the call rate would go by 90%.

My baby has a high temperature so I have wrapped her up in a quilt

I have had a cold for 3 days and I need antibiotics

i just need antibiotics

I think I am going to get an infection so I need antibiotics

Last time I felt ill - i was given antibiotics

My friend is a nurse and she says I need antibiotics

I am a nurse
#26
thepharmacist
There are protocols to be followed for your safety. The scheme is available for those that pay for their medication, but most of the items given away for free are below the prescription charge of £7.10, but some items one or two from my recollection, are not available to purchase and this schemes allow for these items to be supplied to patients under a special direction.


Must have changed since I joined it, you had to be entitled to FREE presciptions at that time, my point about them not giving me Beconase is it's on my repeat prescription ( so they know I use it ) & to be honest they didnt re order it so they were at fault, however, it is a very good service if you have a good pharmacy.
You say most of the items given away are under the prescription change does that mean in Scotland its only med's under £5? I'm not trying to be funny would just like clarity.
Thanx
Gillx
#27
karaokegill
I signed up for this at my local Boot's last year, as far as i know you can only sign up if you are entitled to FREE prescription's (may have changed tho ) i.e medical exemption. Any time I've gone in they never give me what I need I had ran out of my Beconase the start of the Summer my hayfever was really bad they wouldn't give me it even tho they can sell it over the counter ( I didn't know that at the time) I had to suffer until I got doc appointment. even tho they manage y prescriptions & it is on my repeat. Also had conjunctivitis (not the right spelling I know) again I had to go to doc's.
So it's not just a giveaway service they don't just take your word, they know me at the store to as I've gone there for 7 year's.
Gillx


boots is the worst chemist

getting anything from them is like your buying the worlds most dangerous thing. they are over questioning and make a big deal out of a little thing. the local chemist is always quicker and better
#28
:whistling:LOL thanx x:whistling:
#29
Stupid question. This scheme says for 'exempt prescriptions' FREE. Can you also get this minor ailments scheme through the pharmacy 'free' if you use a pre-payment certificate? I pay for 5+ prescriptions a month, for life, and pay for painkillers and allergies on top for things that fit into this criteria. We can't afford it but have no choice.
#30
Iv been using this for over a year now, it saves all the messing around with waiting times at the Doc's :thumbsup:
#31
I used to work in a doctor surgey and the chemist used to do this but it was only for people who get free prescriptions.... if this has changed it prob won't be in Scotland lol.....

Knowing my luck I'd make an A*** of myself and the chemist would laugh in my face and tell me to pay like everyone else... i'll wait to see it there is anything posted in their window lol
#32
yes in birmingham my pharmacy had this i got pain killer for my teeth as i was in a lot of pain and i got the coild sore creem aswell this was about a year an half ago they had a sign up saying everthing u could get there with out haveing to see your dot which save alot of time so that people that really need to see a dot can get an appoitment when they need it with out haveing to wait (DAYS) i think it brill sham they dont do it in brixham south devon tq5 9lr ill talk to my pharmacy and see when there be doing it i hope some time soon!!!
#33
haventadog
Spending my weekends taking calls from the sick and ailing - i think that it would be a fair assessment to say that if you got rid of the people with no common sense - the call rate would go by 90%.

My baby has a high temperature so I have wrapped her up in a quilt

I have had a cold for 3 days and I need antibiotics

i just need antibiotics

I think I am going to get an infection so I need antibiotics

Last time I felt ill - i was given antibiotics

My friend is a nurse and she says I need antibiotics

I am a nurse


These people used to drive me mad!!! reason I left working in the NHS! 95% abuse the NHS and when people are generally really ill they can't get an appointment for love nor money.

The lies that some people say to get an prescription or an appointment would sicken you..

I'm so glad I'm away from that... no longer stressed out lol
#34
Not available in the Cumbria PCT (includes North Lancs). In fact I spoke to the person at the PCT who is responsible for pharmacy services, and she thought the scheme was available in Scotland only!!
#35
Biffo the Bear
Not available in the Cumbria PCT (includes North Lancs). In fact I spoke to the person at the PCT who is responsible for pharmacy services, and she thought the scheme was available in Scotland only!!


She needs to get some training or another job. Working in the PCT and especially someone who is responsible for pharmacy services, she should be aware that it's a nationwide service but not all pharmacies provide the service at the moment.

I personally dont agree that people should take the mick and get calpol, pain killers etc free of charge, simple cheap things like this should be purchased from your own money and not drain the NHS resources. What would have cost for example £1 to buy will cost the NHS alot more once they have finished paying the pharmacist for their fee for providing this service. Thats my opinion anyway!:thumbsup:
#36
In Leeds they call this scheme "Pharmacy First" and my local Sainsbury's pharmacy provide all of the above but it is ONLY FOR THOSE WHO GET FREE PRESCRIPTIONS ALREADY (this includes pre payment cards too).

Its been a great little scheme for me but as my baby turns 1 in 3 weeks I have to start paying for my prescriptions again!
[mod]#37
The baby/childs medicines are FREE whether the parent has to pay for prescriptions or not.
#38
Ewok
Stupid question. This scheme says for 'exempt prescriptions' FREE. Can you also get this minor ailments scheme through the pharmacy 'free' if you use a pre-payment certificate? I pay for 5+ prescriptions a month, for life, and pay for painkillers and allergies on top for things that fit into this criteria. We can't afford it but have no choice.


All people who are exempt, that includes those that pay in advance for the prepayment or season pass!!:thumbsup:
#39
MANJ_007
She needs to get some training or another job. Working in the PCT and especially someone who is responsible for pharmacy services, she should be aware that it's a nationwide service but not all pharmacies provide the service at the moment.

I personally dont agree that people should take the mick and get calpol, pain killers etc free of charge, simple cheap things like this should be purchased from your own money and not drain the NHS resources. What would have cost for example £1 to buy will cost the NHS alot more once they have finished paying the pharmacist for their fee for providing this service. Thats my opinion anyway!:thumbsup:


.... cost the NHS a lot less than the time for seeing the GP for the same prescription, the same item but making the patient wait to make an appointment, then being delayed at the surgery, because the surgery is running late, then the cost of getting to the pharmacy................ do I need to add more!!!

For those people who's money is nonexistant or on a limited budget, £1 is a lot of money. If you had so much money what are you doing looking at a site like this!!!!
#40
thepharmacist
.... cost the NHS a lot less than the time for seeing the GP for the same prescription, the same item but making the patient wait to make an appointment, then being delayed at the surgery, because the surgery is running late, then the cost of getting to the pharmacy................ do I need to add more!!!

For those people who's money is nonexistant or on a limited budget, £1 is a lot of money. If you had so much money what are you doing looking at a site like this!!!!


Why should the NHS pay for 32 paracetamol tablets for someones headache when they can buy them for 32p! Even people with money can look at this site its not just for people out of jobs and on benefits. Just cos I have money doesnt mean i want to waste it. I like my bargains just as much as the next person

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