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    Minor Ailment Scheme : Free prescriptions @ chemist with no docs visit.

    Hi, I am posting this here as it is not classed as a freebie (and dont really want millions of moneysavers running to their nearest pharmacy), more a piece of information which a lot of people arent aware of, but a hell of a good deal for parents who hate shelling out for bonjela/calpol/sudocrem etc.

    Chemists nationwide offer a 'minor ailments scheme' whereby instead of booking an appt at the doctors and getting a prescription, you can go to the chemist for yourself/ your children, ask for a 'minor ailments' form, tick the ailment and fill in the form (takes 30 secs) and hand it in to the assistant. They will then dispense the appropriate medication without having to wait to get a docs appointment.

    It is for anybody and the form lists ailments such as - pain, fever, earache, nappy rash, conjunctivitus, sore throat, diarrohea, flu, athletes foot, worms, indigestion, teething etc. The list is far more complex than this.

    If you dont pay for prescriptions anyway, then you dont pay for this service or any medication they prescribe. You just fill in a bit on the form exactly like on the back of a prescription, ticking whether you usually pay, claim tax credits, are under 16 etc.

    I only write this post as i cannot believe parents are shelling out all the time for calpol and the like when all it really takes is a trip to the pharmacy.

    Hope this helps someone, please let me know if this is in the wrong place - i have no idea where it is supposed to go. And please dont vote cold because you are already aware of this scheme, as there are many people who may not.

    dhsspsni.gov.uk/pas…nts

    61 Comments

    Didnt Know This, Thanks

    No, Me neither! Will be doing that tomorrow as both my kiddies are teething and we are shelling out for calpol and nappy rash stuff! thanks for that - heat added!:thumbsup:

    Yes and no,
    Depends whether the local PCT (Primary Care Trust) offers this as a service

    Original Poster

    Just to add - it isnt at every chemist, i know i have been and asked at one and they said they didnt do it but the pharmacy attached to my doctors do.

    hot hot hot

    I'm pretty sure that this is only available in certain parts of the country

    Also only available to those who are exempt from prescription charges.

    Does seem to differ depending on your PCT

    davenmick;8365883

    I'm pretty sure that this is only available in certain parts of the … I'm pretty sure that this is only available in certain parts of the country



    Yes it is, for example not in Worcestershire but in Herefordshire. At the end of the day, it is stripping the money out of the NHS so you'll pay in your taxes in the end

    Not available with all Trusts - worth checking this first

    Available in East London though

    gerri;8365900

    Yes it is, for example not in Worcestershire but in Herefordshire. At the … Yes it is, for example not in Worcestershire but in Herefordshire. At the end of the day, it is stripping the money out of the NHS so you'll pay in your taxes in the end


    The theory is that giving out this medicine for free to the patient or their representative is cheaper than a GP consultation. I have worked in community pharmacy and people do go to their GP with these minor ailments and expect a prescription. Used to annoy the hell out of me!!!

    doodledoo;8365859

    Just to add - it isnt at every chemist, i know i have been and asked at … Just to add - it isnt at every chemist, i know i have been and asked at one and they said they didnt do it but the pharmacy attached to my doctors do.



    pipsqueak;8365899

    Does seem to differ depending on your PCT



    edi;8365901

    Not available with all Trusts - worth checking this first :)Available in … Not available with all Trusts - worth checking this first :)Available in East London though



    Yup not available in all PCTs. Cumbria does not offer this.

    vinylandtrinkets;8365874

    i didnt know this either, thanks for the info OP my son is ill now and … i didnt know this either, thanks for the info OP my son is ill now and ive just bought kids paracetamol for him at £5.59 a bottle!


    Where on earth are you buying this Paracetamol? You should be able to get a generic version for under £2!!

    Good info but not really a deal. You can go to your doctor with minor ailments etc and get Calpol on prescription.

    All the info is doing is saving you time.

    Like i say good info but should be in MISC

    So what's the deal? This is information only, good information mind you but should have been posted in misc.

    good find o.p is there a website you can check if this is available in your area please?

    notts6501;8366007

    Good info but not really a deal. You can go to your doctor with minor … Good info but not really a deal. You can go to your doctor with minor ailments etc and get Calpol on prescription.All the info is doing is saving you time.Like i say good info but should be in MISC



    Lol, I clicked submit and you'd posted a similar comment.

    Some PCTs such as Leeds have commissioned the service only in areas of 'need'. In the more affluent areas of Leeds (and there are some) this is not available, because folks are reckoned to be able to afford to buy. Check it out before you rush to your pharmacy to get your 'free' Calpol.

    you can search here in the green box on the right, just enter the postcode, then select "minor ailment scheme"

    askyourpharmacist.co.uk/Fin…spx

    davenmick;8365959

    Where on earth are you buying this Paracetamol? You should be able to get … Where on earth are you buying this Paracetamol? You should be able to get a generic version for under £2!!




    16p mate lol. :thumbsup:

    is there a list of areas that this service is in place?
    im in manchester ans this would be great news as its a pain getting a appointment at my docs for the kids.


    EDIT

    just noticed above post sorry!!

    Just seems like another way for the worried-well and hypochondriacs to abuse the system - especially those exempt from charges and with too much time on their hands

    jhw;8366067

    Just seems like another way for the worried-well and hypochondriacs to … Just seems like another way for the worried-well and hypochondriacs to abuse the system - especially those exempt from charges and with too much time on their hands



    Indeed, and when the PCT has spent it's budget, don't go crying if they wont / cant pay for that operation or expensive drug you really need.

    Latinosharkey;8366059

    16p mate lol. :thumbsup:



    Yes, but not for young kids as originally stated.

    around here you have to go and get a pasbook from GP's surgery (just ask for them at reception) then you take that to the pharmacy and they write it in the book what you've been prescribed etc.

    jhw;8366067

    Just seems like another way for the worried-well and hypochondriacs to … Just seems like another way for the worried-well and hypochondriacs to abuse the system - especially those exempt from charges and with too much time on their hands



    well what a lovely kind hearted person you are!

    I'm one of those people with time on my hands who's exempt, but with two children under five every penny really does help.

    I'll tell you what, I'll swap my execption card & the cancer for my well paid job anytime ... or maybe I could just send them over to you.

    A great scheme, for those that do need it, and for those just keen to unclog the GP system too.

    059;8365891

    Also only available to those who are exempt from prescription charges.



    under 16 are exempt !

    Can I just say, that I took my 7 month old to the GP, as he had recently had a Febrile Convulsion, and so I was advised to keep him dosed up on Calpol and Ibrufen etc when he got hot.

    Last week I went to the GP as he got an ear infection, and I was told that in my area NO prescriptions for calpol or ibrufen etc are given ANY MORE on the NHS.

    He said it was due to the NHS being millions of pounds overspent blah blah blah, but this is the first time EVER i have asked for this on the NHS, and was refused and told to buy it in the chemist.
    When i was pregnant with him I did not even get a prescription for Gaviscon etc, even though other people do......

    Makes me mad that they tell you to give it as he needs it, then asks you to pay, he is way under 16 and so I should not have to pay for his medication, especially when I have been told to do so for his wellbeing.

    I will definately check the site out, as I might be luckier at the local chemist, even though one did say the NHS would not give prescriptions for it now.

    Original Poster

    Well next time i have a good idea to save anybody any money, i will keep it to myself. Thanks for your sincerely ungrateful comments!

    Banned

    I have never been to my gp with my children for minor ailments and have always just purchased what they need and will carry on doing so, ven though as under 16 they where exempt, jesus if ya kids are going through enough medication to worry about then there is something seriously wrong with either you or them

    Original Poster

    If this wasnt a deal then why was it voted so hot???

    ashellis;8366146

    Can I just say, that I took my 7 month old to the GP, as he had recently … Can I just say, that I took my 7 month old to the GP, as he had recently had a Febrile Convulsion, and so I was advised to keep him dosed up on Calpol and Ibrufen etc when he got hot.Last week I went to the GP as he got an ear infection, and I was told that in my area NO prescriptions for calpol or ibrufen etc are given ANY MORE on the NHS.He said it was due to the NHS being millions of pounds overspent blah blah blah, but this is the first time EVER i have asked for this on the NHS, and was refused and told to buy it in the chemist.When i was pregnant with him I did not even get a prescription for Gaviscon etc, even though other people do......Makes me mad that they tell you to give it as he needs it, then asks you to pay, he is way under 16 and so I should not have to pay for his medication, especially when I have been told to do so for his wellbeing.I will definately check the site out, as I might be luckier at the local chemist, even though one did say the NHS would not give prescriptions for it now.


    just to let you know my , one of my boys also had a febrile convulsion but when ever i have requested calpol/paracetamol for kids the dr has also prescribed it (all be it after i have took an appointment up) so you should be able to get it unless your local nhs is different to mine.

    doodledoo;8366173

    If this wasnt a deal then why was it voted so hot???



    because it is VERY useful to know

    Original Poster

    curly1;8366057

    you can search here in the green box on the right, just enter the … you can search here in the green box on the right, just enter the postcode, then select "minor ailment scheme"http://www.askyourpharmacist.co.uk/FindPharmacy.aspx



    Hmmm i have just put in my postcode and it doesnt show the pharmacy i go to for this!!!

    Demondan;8366106

    Yes, but not for young kids as originally stated.



    You mean for children to take?

    Save money, crush a tablet and mix with milk or juice etc. same stuff.

    Banned

    Depends on what dr you have, mine chucks out stuff like cream, kiddies parcetemol and ibroprufen on script. All trusts are totally different.

    Latinosharkey;8365950

    Yup not available in all PCTs. Cumbria does not offer this.



    Surprise surprise- we get nowt- grr :-(

    empas79;8366260

    Surprise surprise- we get nowt- grr :-(



    too right, marra!

    Latinosharkey;8366198

    You mean for children to take?Save money, crush a tablet and mix with … You mean for children to take?Save money, crush a tablet and mix with milk or juice etc. same stuff.


    Tried all that when mine were younger. No matter what I hid it in, my daughter could taste it and would start retching. The others were OK though.
    That's also fine when they are on adult or older children doses.When you have to give a very small amount i.e 62.5mg then things get more complicated and doing it this way is an accident waiting to happen!

    Evelina;8366123

    well what a lovely kind hearted person you are!I'm one of those people … well what a lovely kind hearted person you are!I'm one of those people with time on my hands who's exempt, but with two children under five every penny really does help.I'll tell you what, I'll swap my execption card & the cancer for my well paid job anytime ... or maybe I could just send them over to you.A great scheme, for those that do need it, and for those just keen to unclog the GP system too.



    Ah...so because you may have a genuine cause to use such a service, there can't possibly be any scrounging layabouts who will abuse this eh? Nice to know that MY taxes keep the layabouts in the custom they're used to. Best not eat into their meager benefits or they wont be able to afford the fags/booze/sky subs, whilst I work every day :x

    Don't get me wrong, I know some people deserve this for free, but we p*ss too much money into the wind in this country....I'm sure the majority of people who qualify for free prescriptions could afford the occasional calpol or paracetamol. Point taken if you need it on a regular basis.

    /rant over
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