Pharmacies and the Minor Ailments Scheme
Pharmacists (chemists) are a great source of health advice and information: -
- They are experts in medicines and how medicines work
- They can help you decide if you need to see a doctor
- They can give you advice about how you can treat and look after yourself.
They can help with: -
- Medicines – Dispensing them, telling you how to use them safely, advising you on alternatives, undertaking
a medicines review and providing a safe place where you can get rid of old or out of date medicine
- Contraception – Emergency hormonal contraception, or ‘the morning after pill’, is available from your
- Minor ailments – Many treatments are available for a range of minor ailments without needing to see
your doctor. You should see your pharmacist for advice on the following symptoms: -
acute pain, earache, headache or temperature; sore throat; cough; cold sores; athlete’s foot; colds, flu-like
symptoms or nasal congestion; conjunctivitis; constipation; cystitis; dermatitis, dry skin or an allergic-type
skin rash; diarrhoea; head lice; haemorrhoids; heartburn or indigestion; infant colic; mouth ulcers; nappy
rash; oral thrush; scabies; sprains and strains; teething; threadworms; vaginal thrush; hay fever ; and bites
To find out if a pharmacist can help you with your ailment, visit www.asapglos.nhs.uk or download the ASAP
Glos NHS mobile app from the app store.
- Advice on your health – pharmacists can also help with quitting smoking, tests for Chlamydia
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence – even about the most personal symptoms – and you don’t need to make an appointment.
To find your nearest pharmacy use our service finder or search through NHS Choices.
Most pharmacies are open six days a week but during bank holidays opening times may vary
Please select this link to see the pharmacies participating in the minor ailments scheme.