Minor Ailments Service

The NHS Minor Ailment Service is available at pharmacies across Scotland and can help you access FREE medication for a minor illness or complaint at no cost to you.

You can only use this service if you’ve registered with a community pharmacy in Scotland.

There are a number of conditions that can be treated on the Minor Ailment Scheme, which include (but are not limited to):

indigestion, infant colic, constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, allergy, cough, nasal congestion, pain, travel sickness, thrush, fungal skin infections, cold sores, warts and verrucae, threadworm, headlice, scabies, acne, nappy rash, eczema, dry eye conditions, conjunctivitis, ear wax, mouth ulcers and inflammation, teething and cystitis.

How it works

Once registered, you’ll be able to get advice and treatment if your pharmacist thinks you need it.

After that, if you suffer from symptoms of a minor ailment, then you can just visit your pharmacy for a consultation. This replaces attending the GP practice for an appointment.

We will provide advice on self-care, supply a suitable medication or refer you to your GP or other healthcare professional if we feel this is the best course of action for you.

There are only certain medicines we can supply under this service.

You can only use this service if you have registered with a community pharmacy in Scotland,

Registration is currently open to ALL patients registered with a Scottish GP or Defence Medical Services and not living in a care or nursing home.