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Common Ailments Scheme

The common ailments service offers a fast alternative to making an appointment with your GP.

Our Aim

A common ailment is a condition that will get better in a few days with little to no medical treatment, or one that requires treatment to prevent it worsening using medicines that are readily available from a pharmacy, without a prescription.

The common ailments service offers a fast alternative to making an appointment with your GP, by offering you access to free NHS advice and treatment from local pharmacies for your common ailments.

How the project is making a positive change

The common ailment scheme is an alternative to making an appointment with your GP. There are many things your pharmacy can help you with to avoid having to wait for an appointment with your GP. The project enables you to manage your common ailments and get good advice and treatment on the NHS, all without needing to visit your GP. This, in turn, eases pressure on local GP practices.

Healthcare workers are under increasing pressure, which is why it’s important that you visit your GP practice and hospitals only when absolutely necessary.

How it works

You will have a private consultation with the pharmacist in the pharmacy consultation room. This usually takes between 5 – 10 minutes.

You do not need to make an appointment, but please note, you may wish to give your local pharmacy a call to organise a time that’s best for you.

Your GP will be sent information about the advice and treatment you have received.

You can find more information about common ailments here.