Free paracetamol suspension and other "Minor Ailment" medication at participating Pharmacies
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Free paracetamol suspension and other "Minor Ailment" medication at participating Pharmacies

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Found 16th May 2015
I'm not sure if this has ever been posted but for the last 8 years or so, you have been able to get certain medication for free over the counter at the pharmacy using the minor ailments scheme. Its a simple form you can request at the pharmacy which you fill out in order to get the medication through your NHS contributions.

This is only for baby and child medication but also works for items such as thrush cream and sudocrem etc, basically any medication not serious enough to visit your GP for.They are not allowed to advertise it but a simple google search reveals a lot.

I hope this helps some of you.

AILMENTS COVERED BY THE SCHEME
Colds
Conjunctivitis
Constipation
Coughs
Diarrhoea
Earache
Hayfever
Head lice
Headache and fever
Heartburn and indigestion
Insect bites and stings
Mild eczema and dermatitis
Mouth ulcers
Nappy rash
Sore throat
Teething
Threadworm
Thrush

129 Comments

Well yea children get free prescriptions, so instead of clogging up the doctor surgery when all is needed is calpol or sudocrem, it makes sense just to allow the pharmacy to give it to you free.

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espirit77

Well yea children get free prescriptions, so instead of clogging up the … Well yea children get free prescriptions, so instead of clogging up the doctor surgery when all is needed is calpol or sudocrem, it makes sense just to allow the pharmacy to give it to you free.


I agree 100% but not sure many people are aware of this.

Is this not a rehash of earlier post

PAULTRD

I agree 100% but not sure many people are aware of this.



this has been on the go fir years

Original Poster

quine

Is this not a rehash of earlier post


Be my guest and find it.

quine

this has been on the go for years

Original Poster

quine

this has been on the go fir years


I think you will find it is "for" not "fir"

Thanks for the tip, I wasn't aware of this

PAULTRD

I think you will find it is "for" not "fir"



already corrected thanks

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quine


Thank you for bringing this to light, despite me clearly stating that...

previous post was three hours ago but was listed as "free medicine for kids at Boots".
Many people do not know of this scheme though.

This was posted 3 hours ago ?
EDIT: Boots was named by the OP in the previous thread, because it is a pharmacy. It's the same "offer".


Edited by: "Firefly1" 16th May 2015

Original Poster

quine

previous post was three hours ago but was listed as "free medicine for … previous post was three hours ago but was listed as "free medicine for kids at Boots".Many people do not know of this scheme though.


Please feel free to add the link. Assuming this is correct, the medication is free from any pharmacy not just boots, so this post is different and with new information.
Edited by: "PAULTRD" 16th May 2015

I agree with you that it is free from most pharmacies as it is a NHS scheme.

I for one am glad you posted this. I was aware if it but not sure what to do and when I have needed medicines for my daughter I've just gone out and bought them qbd calpol at nearly three pound a pop can be costly over time so it saves me money. Thanks

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zainarafiq

I for one am glad you posted this. I was aware if it but not sure what to … I for one am glad you posted this. I was aware if it but not sure what to do and when I have needed medicines for my daughter I've just gone out and bought them qbd calpol at nearly three pound a pop can be costly over time so it saves me money. Thanks


You are welcome

thank you. I for the record didn't know about this scheme at all. no mention of it in my local chemist or boots.
I will let all my friends know too.

PAULTRD

Please feel free to add the link. Assuming this is correct, the … Please feel free to add the link. Assuming this is correct, the medication is free from any pharmacy not just boots, so this post is different and with new information.



A point of interest, it is not any pharmacy, only those that partake in the scheme. It isn't even all Boots pharmacies.

PAULTRD

I agree 100% but not sure many people are aware of this.


True that ...

How do you find out which pharmacies in your area are included? I've googled it with no luck?
Why isn't it available nationally?!

Firefly1

This was posted 3 hours ago ?EDIT: Boots was named by the OP in the … This was posted 3 hours ago ?EDIT: Boots was named by the OP in the previous thread, because it is a pharmacy. It's the same "offer".


Some months back too if I recall well, another OP mentioned this save Deal via Boots too, but .....
Worth re-reminding everyonrme of such 'stuffs' the way I see it?, regardless ..... :-)

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amour3k

Some months back too if I recall well, another OP mentioned this save … Some months back too if I recall well, another OP mentioned this save Deal via Boots too, but .....Worth re-reminding everyonrme of such 'stuffs' the way I see it?, regardless ..... :-)


Thank you, I have never heard of this. A great find.

Thats amazing, ive never heard of this service before and having three children I certainly would have used this service if I had known about it, heat added and will defo spread the word ; )

Worth considering the cost to the NHS before taking this up. Paracetamol suspension can be bought in the pound shop, or for under £2 for supermarkets own brands. I'm sure the majority of parents can afford this, don't abuse a system that's already at breaking point.

Theres lots to say about 'the system' being abused... its fantastic that this service is available without the wait for appointment at your local gp especially when honest hard working parents who put into 'the system' can save time and money, im sure some poeple will abuse but thats Great Briton for you!

My local Boots in Broadstairs said that I have to pay for children medicines, including liquid paracetamol and ibuprofen if no prescription.

elle1979

Worth considering the cost to the NHS before taking this up. Paracetamol … Worth considering the cost to the NHS before taking this up. Paracetamol suspension can be bought in the pound shop, or for under £2 for supermarkets own brands. I'm sure the majority of parents can afford this, don't abuse a system that's already at breaking point.


Yep completely agree.

Does this apply in Wales ? Or is it an England only scheme

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kirsty25987

Theres lots to say about 'the system' being abused... its fantastic that … Theres lots to say about 'the system' being abused... its fantastic that this service is available without the wait for appointment at your local gp especially when honest hard working parents who put into 'the system' can save time and money, im sure some poeple will abuse but thats Great Briton for you!



Really, you're trying to use this to shame anyone who isn't a "hardworking parent who's put into the system"? So, a disabled person struggling on their own, who's just had their benefits sanctioned for being too ill to comply with yet another demand and who's got a cold/flu on top of this isn't deserving in your opinion? To you, they're not worthy of help because they haven't got a family/are too busy 'working hard' to look after themselves now that help from Social Services has been cut to 'work hard' in the sense you meant it/their body failed them as a child, so they were never afforded the opportunity to 'put into the system' before they became too sick to work?

Nanna4

How do you find out which pharmacies in your area are included? I've … How do you find out which pharmacies in your area are included? I've googled it with no luck?Why isn't it available nationally?!



Any pharmacy running a minor ailments service is what you are looking for. Another point, this is not just for children. The aim is to unburden GP surgeries by allowing pharmacists to take on issues that don't require a GP.

Info here: nhs.uk/Liv…spx

Use the search link on this page to find pharmacies in your local area. Check the services tab on each pharmacy's page to see if it offers the minor ailments service.

As for the abusing the system comments, we all know that some people will abuse the service and they shouldn't, whilst some won't use it when they should. Some people will keep going to their GP when they should be going to a pharmacist, whilst so people will keep thinking a lack of cure for the common cold is a conspiracy.

If you are worried about the NHS being underfunded or under too much strain, stop listening to the media fear mongering and do something about it. People using the service is not the problem. MPs wanting to line their pockets with privatisation deals and showing a general disregard for what is categorically one of the best medical services in the world is the problem. Don't bash people that use it, and don't try to guilt people into not using it. It is precisely that kind of guilt tripping that causes people to die each year because they are worried they shouldn't bother the doctor. The people that listen to you going on about the strain the most are the most vulnerable people, the one that really do need to use the system.

I've dug out a (Scottish) flyer on this if it's of interest...

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http://i1334.photobucket.com/albums/w653/aau123/0E84A666-CEAB-4630-86EA-301D11FFAE44_zpsya63yg3z.jpg

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Edited by: "aau1" 17th May 2015

Not all areas do it, in St. Helens it is called care at the chemist

Calpol is a black listed item and won't be given on the minor ailment scheme in the almost impossible situation that the pharmacist has ran out of generic paracetamol suspension only then they might give it.

You don't request goods to stock up, you go into a pharmacy to discuss current ailments and depending on the pharmacist's discretion only then will they issue any goods if they deem you need it.

This service isn't there for you to stock up.

is there restriction on availing any income bands? With austerity measures, unsure on being open to people in higher income bands.

elle1979

Worth considering the cost to the NHS before taking this up. Paracetamol … Worth considering the cost to the NHS before taking this up. Paracetamol suspension can be bought in the pound shop, or for under £2 for supermarkets own brands. I'm sure the majority of parents can afford this, don't abuse a system that's already at breaking point.



Completely agree, what a drain on the NHS this will be. We buy all of ours from the pound shop, it's the same thing, there really isn't any need to get thing like calpol via prescription.

The thing with this world today is people take things too seriously and need to relax a little, dont think too much into other peoples opinions, as most people know, life is short and stressing about little things is not worth it, chill out and enjoy life as it is ; ) have a good day all!

The NHS is already under great strain. Using this service is expensive to our NHS when these creams and treatments can be purchased over the counter quite cheaply at Pound land, Good deals and Superdrug.

If you really can't afford to buy over the counter then use it, but think twice as we will pay more in the long run if the Free NHS ends..

Worth stressing this is ONLY pharmacies that are part of the scheme, and these are few and far between. No Sainsbury's pharmacy is registered in this scheme - so please don't come and ask me when I'm already fighting off customers on Saturday!
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