Minor Ailments Scheme

Medicines Without Prescription

Under a new NHS directive a GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give patients a prescription for certain medicines that are available to buy over-the-counter in a pharmacy or supermarket, or are available under the minor ailments scheme (MAS).

The Minor Ailments Scheme allows you to get fast treatment for a wide range of common problems from a participating pharmacy. The pharmacist will consult with you and recommend the best treatment for you.

If you are entitled to free prescriptions, then the medication provided is free. Otherwise you either pay the normal pharmacy price of the medication or the NHS prescription charge, whichever is cheapest.

There are some exemptions to this new NHS directive that will allow patients to obtain their prescribed medicines. To find out more about these changes, visit www.nhs.uk/OTCmedicines or discuss with the practice pharmacist or community pharmacist.

Medical Problems Included in the Scheme

The problems listed below are included in the scheme. If you are unable to use the scheme for your problem, then please contact us to make an appointment.

  • Acne
  • Allergy / rash
  • Athletes food
  • Cold sores
  • Conjunctivitis (eye infection) (age 2+)
  • Constipation
  • Contact dermatitis (age 10+)
  • Coughs, colds and flu
  • Diarrhoea (age 12+)
  • Dry skin
  • Earache
  • Ear wax
  • Eczema
  • Haemorrhoids (piles) (age 18+)
  • Hayfever
  • Headache
  • Head lice
  • Indigestion / heartburn (age 6+)
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Migraine
  • Nappy rash
  • Nasal congestion
  • Oral thrush
  • Scabies
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Sore throat
  • Temperature
  • Thread worms (age 2+)
  • Vaginal thrush (age 16-60)

Local Pharmacies Participating in the Scheme

Asda Pharmacy, Longsight
Stanley Grove, M12 4NH
Tel: 0161 248 6013

Everest Pharmacy
178 Stockport Rd, M13 9AB
Tel: 0161 273 4629

Wise Chemist
372-374 Dickenson Rd, M13 0WQ
Tel: 0161 224 7747

Important points about the minor ailments scheme

The scheme is designed to offer medication to meet an acute need. It is not an opportunity for parents to stock up on free children’s medications. If a pharmacist thinks someone is trying to abuse the system, they can refuse any request for treatment at their discretion.

The pharmacist has no obligation to provide branded medication such as Calpol. If there is cheaper generic version available that is known to be equally effective, it is likely that will be provided instead.