Minor ailments are generally described as common, often self-limiting conditions. They can usually be managed by self-care and the prescribing of products under the Minor Ailment Scheme that is available from your community pharmacy.

Eligible patients must register with us to use this service. This can be done in advance of using the service, or at the point of presentation of symptoms.

Patients are eligible to register if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • under 16 or under 19 and in full-time education
  • 60 or over
  • with a valid maternity, medical, or war pension exemption certificate
  • who get Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or Universal Credit
  • who are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS Tax Credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate.

The following persons are not eligible to register for the service:

  • not registered with a Scottish GP or temporary residents
  • patients in care homes.

There are a number of conditions that can be treated on the Minor Ailment Scheme, which include (but are not limited to):

Stomach Upset, Indigestion, Infant Colic, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Haemorrhoids, Allergy, Cough, Nasal Congestion, Pain, Travel Sickness, Thrush, Fungal Skin Infections, Cold Sores, Warts and Verrucae, Threadworm, Headlice, Scabies, Acne, Nappy Rash, Eczema, Dry Eye Conditions, Conjunctivitis, Ear Wax, Mouth Ulcers and Inflammation, Teething and Cystitis.