Free advice & medicine (especially useful for babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly) - NHS Minor Ailments Service @ some Boots stores and many other pharmacies throughout the UK.
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Free advice & medicine (especially useful for babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly) - NHS Minor Ailments Service @ some Boots stores and many other pharmacies throughout the UK.

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Found 23rd Jul 2014
Sorry if this has already been posted but many of my friends didn't know that this scheme existed so I thought it might be useful to someone. If you don't pay for prescriptions you can receive advice and be given a medicine for a range of minor ailments, free of charge, on the NHS, without having to visit your doctor first. I use this service for my 1 year old twins & 2 year old daughter. We get free Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Nappy creams etc without having to go to the GP for prescriptions or pay at the chemist or supermarkets. Some Boots stores run the service & other local pharmacies but you will need to check with them or ask your GP for the nearest service as it isn't widely advertised.

Minor ailments could include coughs, colds, headaches, hay fever, insect bites and stings, eczema, earache, diarrhoea, back ache, sprains and strains, haemorrhoids, minor fungal infections of the skin, mouth ulcers, conjunctivitis, head lice, nappy rash, constipation, headache and fever, sore throat, heartburn and indigestion, teething, threadworm, mild eczema and dermatitis and thrush.

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This has been going ages but, like you said, a lot of people won't know about it. It seems like one of those schemes that's there but they would rather not go out of their way to tell you about it!

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Fergmeister

This has been going ages but, like you said, a lot of people won't know … This has been going ages but, like you said, a lot of people won't know about it. It seems like one of those schemes that's there but they would rather not go out of their way to tell you about it!

Exactly... I didn't know about it until my GP told me about it not long after my twins were born. We'd already spent a fortune on Calpol etc for my eldest.
Edited by: "NASHJ" 23rd Jul 2014

I've used it for getting Hay Fever treatments. Able to get a whole summers supply for the retail pack if you need to.

Wow thank u for posting didn't know about this be4 x

So you can basically go into any Boots pharmacy and explain your problem and if you get free prescriptions, it's free. That seems good, but it doesn't seem to have a list of the pharmacies that do this

I think it depends on what county you are in as none of the pharmacys around here do it.

Just phone Boots, Denton, Manchester not available. Don't seem to be able to find a list of pharmacies that provide this service.

Any idea where available in Ashton under Lyne?

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Carol2012

Just phone Boots, Denton, Manchester not available. Don't seem to be … Just phone Boots, Denton, Manchester not available. Don't seem to be able to find a list of pharmacies that provide this service.

I don't think there is a list. The best thing to do is ask in your local pharmacies (or ask them if they know of any, although they may be reluctant to tell you) or ask your GP. Or maybe ring Boots customer services (0845 609 0055) to see which store does it that's closest to you.My local chemist in Tyldesley does it.

Edited by: "NASHJ" 23rd Jul 2014

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mayfair11

So you can basically go into any Boots pharmacy and explain your problem … So you can basically go into any Boots pharmacy and explain your problem and if you get free prescriptions, it's free. That seems good, but it doesn't seem to have a list of the pharmacies that do this

It's not in all Boots stores, you're probably best to ring Boots customer services (0845 609 0055) to see which store does it that's closest to you. Or ask your local pharmacies or GP.

NASHJ

It's not in all Boots stores, you're probably best to ring Boots … It's not in all Boots stores, you're probably best to ring Boots customer services (0845 609 0055) to see which store does it that's closest to you. Or ask your local pharmacies or GP.



Thank you, that's helpful.

Tried in a Boots, they said they had never heard of it.

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anthony712

Tried in a Boots, they said they had never heard of it.

Look at the link, it's on their own website... Also look at this page on the NHS website towards the bottom under 'Minor ailment services' nhs.uk/Liv…spx
Edited by: "NASHJ" 24th Jul 2014

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Here is a list of a few in the Manchester area - choosewellmanchester.org.uk/in-…es/ , you need to 'filter by service' & click 'Minor Ailments Service'


Edited by: "NASHJ" 24th Jul 2014

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Minor Ailment Scheme

The Dartmouth Park Practice working together with local chemist are now able to offer you the enhanced Minor Ailment Scheme.

The Minor Aliment Scheme is for conditions that can be self treated with medication over the counter.

For a full list of conditions included in the scheme, please ask at reception or pick up a leaflet.

There is a wide list of chemists that run the scheme, the closest to the surgery are:

Shivo Chemists, 738 Holloway Road
J C Wise Ltd, 518 Hornsey Road
National Co-op Chemist, 11-13 Junction Road
Arkle Pharmacy Ltd 39 Junction Road
For the full list of chemists in Islington providing this service please see the Minor Ailment Scheme Leaflet.

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It is available all over the UK but you should ask your GP where your nearest service is.

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Carol2012

Just phone Boots, Denton, Manchester not available. Don't seem to be … Just phone Boots, Denton, Manchester not available. Don't seem to be able to find a list of pharmacies that provide this service.

Carol2012

Just phone Boots, Denton, Manchester not available. Don't seem to be … Just phone Boots, Denton, Manchester not available. Don't seem to be able to find a list of pharmacies that provide this service.


Here is a list of a few in the Manchester area - choosewellmanchester.org.uk/in-…es/ , you need to 'filter by service' & click 'Minor Ailments Service'

yeah, its not a boots thing, there's a small local chain in hull (brocklehurst pharmacy, wold/ willerby road area) where I got the stuff from. You need your NHS number though as far as I remember.

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Fergmeister

yeah, its not a boots thing, there's a small local chain in hull … yeah, its not a boots thing, there's a small local chain in hull (brocklehurst pharmacy, wold/ willerby road area) where I got the stuff from. You need your NHS number though as far as I remember.

Why do they say it is on their website then?, false advertising.... I just give my local chemist my childrens names, postcode & doctors name

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NASHJ

Why do they say it is on their website then?, false advertising.... I … Why do they say it is on their website then?, false advertising.... I just give my local chemist my childrens names, postcode & doctors name

I just rang Boots Cutomer Services (0845 609 0055) & they told me they definitely do it. There's no list but she rang a store in Manchester, they didn't do it but they said that the Stretford Store does & so does Market Street, Manchester Store. You just need to ring a store or Customer Services to see which ones do the service.

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anthony712

Tried in a Boots, they said they had never heard of it.

I just rang Boots Cutomer Services (0845 609 0055) & they told me they definitely do it. There's no list but she rang a store in Manchester, they didn't do it but they said that the Stretford Store does & so does Market Street, Manchester Store. You just need to ring a store or Customer Services to see which ones do the service.

Any in Southampton do it?

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Jonnyblock

Any in Southampton do it?

I'm sure they will, it's across the UK.. ask your GP / chemist or just try googling it

Worth mentioning that although some chemists will bend the rules a bit this is meant for one-off minor treatments, not for something you would need treating regularly. You're also meant to technically "present" with a problem rather than turning up to fill up your medicine cabinet.

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odog

Worth mentioning that although some chemists will bend the rules a bit … Worth mentioning that although some chemists will bend the rules a bit this is meant for one-off minor treatments, not for something you would need treating regularly. You're also meant to technically "present" with a problem rather than turning up to fill up your medicine cabinet.

Absolutely, thank you

Just rang Boots on 0115 950 6111 to ask about service in branches local to me - was put through to customer care & the lady I spoke to is going to ring Leicester branches to find out & will ring me back to let me know...
Worth a call & saves £'s than ringing 0845 number
Thanx NASHJ - hot post!

It annoys me that you can't just use it if you're willing to pay for your prescriptions too. I have a pre-paid card and there's times when I have the lovely thrush and would rather not have to pay about £12 for a box of named brand items, when I could waste an appointment at the doctors, get a prescription and use my pre-paid card.

NASHJ

You can still use this service if you pay for prescriptions but you will … You can still use this service if you pay for prescriptions but you will obviously need to pay or show your pre-paid card , I just wanted to highlight the service as many people are unaware it exists.



I was told by my chemist that I couldn't use it

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midjet666

I was told by my chemist that I couldn't use it



I'm so sorry, yes you're right!, I just called my local chemist to confirm. I pay for prescriptions too but assumed I could use it if I ever needed to. , you're right, that is annoying.
Edited by: "NASHJ" 25th Jul 2014

NASHJ

I'm so sorry, yes you're right!, I just called my local chemist to … I'm so sorry, yes you're right!, I just called my local chemist to confirm. I pay for prescriptions too but assumed I could use it if I ever needed to. , you're right, that is annoying.



I'm tempted to write to my local MP and see if we can get it changed for everyone to use. If they advertise this, it'll cut down on doctor's appointments and waiting times. It's a win win to me

This is a lot easier to access in Scotland - details here

Pregnant women can also get this until the baby's first birthday. Mrs Thistleno1 got loads of free Gaviscon to help with the pregancy heartburn!

NASHJ

It's not in all Boots stores, you're probably best to ring Boots … It's not in all Boots stores, you're probably best to ring Boots customer services (0845 609 0055) to see which store does it that's closest to you. Or ask your local pharmacies or GP.



I think it is only for adults who don't pay for their prescriptions and children

not at my local boots

I never knew about this heat added as to finding out through this thank you
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