Minor ailments service

A pharmacist choosing medicine What is the minor ailments service?

Pharmacists are experts on medicines and can offer advice on treating many minor illnesses and injuries. But did you know, with our minor ailments service, you may also be eligible to receive free medication for many minor illnesses and injuries without having to visit your GP.

Who is eligible for the minor ailments service and how does it work?

You, or your child, must be registered with a Southampton GP practice and eligible for free prescriptions to receive medication free of charge using the minor ailments service. If you or your child is eligible for the service, you will have a consultation with the pharmacist who will offer advice and provide medicine if appropriate. 

Which conditions can the minor ailments service help with?

The minor ailments service can help with the following illnesses and injuries. Medicine will be provided if it is suitable for you or your child to take.

  • Cough
  • Cold
  • Fever in children
  • Ear ache
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Earwax
  • Indigestion
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Headache and migraine
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Dry eye
  • Nappy rash
  • Hay fever
  • Headlice
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Oral thrush adult
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Athletes’ foot 
  • Cold sores
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Threadworm 
  • Paediatric teething
  • Sprains and strains

Which pharmacies are running the minor ailments service?

Our list of pharmacies in Southampton contains details of which pharmacies are providing the minor ailments service.

How do I find out more?

You don’t need an appointment, simply pop in to one of the listed pharmacies and ask about the minor ailments service.

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