Common Ailments Scheme
Pharmacists can play a significant role in managing patients with long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension but can also be a resource in managing patients with complex medicines requiring frequent monitoring, patients with problematic polypharmacy or those with special medicine needs, for example in patients with poor kidney function.
A Pharmacist can resolve problems with medicines by:
- Working closely with the GPs to resolve day to day medicines issues.
- Liaising with relevant hospital, community and primary care colleagues to ensure correct medicines follow up on transfer of care.
- Working with practice teams providing clinical medicine advice to care homes and domiciliary care support.
- Ensuring that problems highlighted during medicine use review in community pharmacies, particularly for those patients experiencing polypharmacy, are monitored.
- Working closely with local community pharmacists to resolve problems with prescriptions.
- Running chronic disease clinics and liaising with practice nurses on changes of medicines.
Community pharmacies already advise on a wide range of minor ailments and either recommend treatment or refer on to another healthcare professional. The Choose Pharmacy Common Ailments Service builds upon this expertise allowing community pharmacists to offer some treatments, if they are considered necessary, free of charge to eligible patients on the health service.
Please visit your community pharmacy. You can be seen without a prior appointment and advise you on the following medical conditions:
- Acne – Offering treatment for the condition
- Athlete’s Foot – Offering treatment for the condition
- Backache (Acute) – Offering treatment to those aged 20-55 years of age
- Chicken Pox – Offering treatment for children under 14
- Cold Sores – Offering advice only for the condition
- Colic – Offering advice only for the condition
- Conjunctivitis (Bacterial) – Offering treatment to those > 2 years of age
- Constipation – Offering treatment to those > 10 years of age
- Dermatitis (Dry skin) – Offering treatment for the condition
- Diarrhoea – Offering advice only to those >1 years of age
- Dry Eyes – Offering treatment or referral to the optometrist
- Haemorrhoids – Offering treatment for the condition
- Hay Fever – Offering treatment for the condition
- Head Lice – Offering treatment
- Indigestion and reflux- Offering treatment for those >12 years
- Ingrowing toe nail – Offering advice only
- Intertrigo/ringworm -Offering treatment
- Mouth ulcers – Offering advice to those over the age of 10
- Nappy rash – Offering treatment
- Oral thrush – Offering treatment
- Scabies – Offering treatment to those over the age of 2
- Sore throat and tonsillitis – Offering treatment
- Teething – Offering treatment to those over the age of 3 months
- Thread worms – Offering treatment to those over the age of 2
- Vaginal thrush – Offering treatment to those aged 16-60
- Verruca – Offering treatment to those over the age of 2