Minor Ailments Service at Community Pharmacies

What is the NHS Minor Ailment Service?

Everyone can go to their pharmacist for advice or to buy a medicine for a minor illness or ailment. But this is a new NHS Service for people, including children who don't pay for prescription charges. It means that if your pharmacist thinks you need it then they can give you a medicine on the NHS without you having to pay for it. It will also save you making an appointment with your GP simply to get a prescription.

Who is the Service for?

You can use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if:

  • you are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland, and
  • you don't pay for your prescriptions, and
  • you don't live in a nursing home or residential care home.

Click here to view the NHS Minor Ailment Service booklet for further information.

Last Reviewed: 01/06/2011