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NHS minor ailments service

(3 Posts)
curlyweasel Thu 21-May-15 15:58:09

This has probably been posted previously, but won't hurt to post again and may be of use...

www.boots.com/en/Pharmacy-Health/Health-pharmacy-services/Pharmacy-services-support/I-need-more-information/Minor-ailments-service-NHS/

Sirzy Thu 21-May-15 16:00:24

Please think twice before using this though. If you can afford to buy the product then do. It's not free medication, it is being paid for by the already over stretched NHS.

It's a fantastic system for those who really do need it, but if people take the piss then it will soon be stopped due to the expense

Sidge Thu 21-May-15 16:10:48

There has been a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about this scheme across FB and similar.

You can't just rock up and claim your free bottle of Calpol, or stock up your medicine cabinet. You have to have an assessment with a pharmacist who has signed up to the scheme (not all have and it's a CCG commissioned service so not nationwide across all areas).

If the pharmacist agrees that your symptoms or those of the child you have presented with, require a medication or treatment covered by the scheme then they will prescribe it and dispense it for free AS LONG AS YOU OR THE CHILD ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE PRESCRIPTIONS.

It is to save people attending for GP appointments for minor ailments that could be dealt with by a pharmacist.

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