Pharmacy First Minor Ailment Scheme

What is the Minor Ailments Scheme?

From 1st April 2015, pharmacies participating in this scheme will provide advice to people on the management of minor ailments and where patients are exempt from prescription charges; they will be able to receive over the counter medications free of charge.

What illnesses will be covered under the scheme?

The scheme will cover the following conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Athletes foot
  • Chicken pox
  • Cold sores
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Coughs & Colds
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earwax
  • Fever
  • Hay fever
  •  Head lice
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Minor Burns and Scalds
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Piles
  • Sore throat
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Vaginal Thrush

Who is eligible?

The service is accessible for patients registered with a Lambeth GP. Non-registered Lambeth residents may also be treated under the scheme at the discretion of a pharmacist. The pharmacist will encourage non-registered patients to register with a local GP.

Will patients need to provide ID to show that they are eligible for free prescriptions?

Pharmacies will be asked to have a standard operating procedure in place for checking a patient’s eligibility for their exemption from prescription charges. This is a function that pharmacies routinely carry out when dealing with NHS prescriptions.

How do patients access the scheme?

Lambeth registered patients can self-refer by presenting at a pharmacy or can be sign-posted by a GP.

Are all pharmacists participating?

The CCG would like all pharmacies in Lambeth to provide a universal service to patients. Currently 56 out of 62 pharmacies in Lambeth have formally expressed an interest in providing the service. The CCG will be working with the LPC to encourage all pharmacies to provide the service throughout the first year.

View a list of pharmacies in Southwark participating in the scheme.