Minor Ailments Scheme: Think Pharmacy First

It takes five years for pharmacists to become fully trained and so they are experts in the use of medicines and are qualified to diagnose and treat minor illnesses.

Under the ‘Think Pharmacy First’ scheme you can access free health advice and treatment from our pharmacists. Many people visit their GP with minor illnesses that their pharmacist could help with. Instead of booking a GP appointment, pop into the pharmacy at any time. Our pharmacists will give you advice and medicine if you need it.  

Aches and Pains

  • Back Pain
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Period Pain
  • Teething
  • Toothache


  • Bites and Stings
  • Hay Fever
  • Skin reactions

Colds and Flu

  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever and/or temperature

Ear Care

  • Earache
  • Ear Infection
  • Ear Wax

Stomach Aches

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Indigestion
  • Reflux
  • Threadworms
  • Vomiting

Eye Care

  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis (sticky eyes)
  • Styes

Any Skin or Mouth Problems

  • Athletes foot
  • Chickenpox
  • Cold sores
  • Contact dermatitis (inflammation of the skin)
  • Fungal nail infections
  • impetigo (Blisters)
  • Nappy rash
  • Scabies
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Warts and verrucae

Advice from your pharmacist is always free but with this scheme the treatment for the above minor illnesses can be provided free of charge from our pharmacists if you don’t normally pay for your prescriptions. To get the free treatment you will need to sign the prescription, which includes a declaration to say you are entitled to free treatment.

Remember there is no appointment required for this – if you or your children have a minor illness, Think Pharmacy First and receive advice and treatment promptly.