NHS Minor Ailment Service

Everyone can go to their pharmacist for advice or to buy a medicine for a minor illness or ailment. But this is a new NHS Service for people, including children who don't pay for prescription charges.

It means that if your pharmacist thinks you need it then they can give you a medicine on the NHS without you having to pay for it. It will also save you making an appointment with your GP simply to get a prescription.

You can use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if:

  • you are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland, and
  • you don't pay for your prescriptions, and
  • you don't live in a nursing home or residential care home.

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