Thursday, 8 May 2014

Child medicine money saving tip......that not everyone knows about!

Chatting to another mum about teething I mentioned I needed to pick up some Calpol. She then went on to explain how I could get this from the pharmacist free of charge - no means testing, no catches I just had to ask.


This was the first time I'd heard about the NHS Minor Ailments Service. This scheme empowers pharmacists to dispense prescription medications for minor ailments without the need for a GP's instruction. The idea behind the scheme is that it frees up the GP's time in dealing with these common complaints.

Who can access this?

The scheme is available to everyone - you will only pay the standard prescription charge or if you are exempt from paying for your prescriptions, then it is completely free to use.

The following groups are exempt in the UK:
  • under 16
  • 60 and over
  • 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • have a medical exemption certificate 
  • you or your partner are on Income Support
  • you can qualify via other benefits or tax credits

What ailments are covered?

  • teething
  • nappy rash
  • diarrhoea
  • threadworms
  • indigestion
  • coughs, colds, nasal congestion, sore throat
  • minor cuts and bruises
  • warts, verrucas, mouth ulcers, cold sores
  • constipation, haemorrhoids
  • allergies, hayfever
  • aches, pains
  • skin conditions - mild acne, mild eczema
  • period pain, thrush
  • athlete's foot
  • truss fittings, stoma products and incontinence supplies (certain pharmacies) 

Where can I access this?

You can search for your local pharmacies here. Click onto the title of your pharmacy e.g. Boots. Then click on the Departments & Services tab to check if they offer the Minor Ailments Service.

Had you heard of the Minor Ailments Service?

By Lee

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