The scheme is aimed at all types of minor ailments, from acne and allergies to cold sores, indigestion and headlice. Patients can use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if they: are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland, and don't pay for their prescriptions, and  don't live in a nursing or residential care home.


There will always be a consultation for the Minor Ailments Service with a qualified Pharmacist and if requested, in a private advice area. The Pharmacist will offer various forms of support and advice advice followed by treatment with an over the counter medicine, or a referral to a GP by requesting the patient to make an appointment.


Patients who are eligible for the service should register with the Community Pharmacy of their choice by simply providing a few personal details. They can also register other members of their family at the same time. The Pharmacist may ask for proof of exemption, so, patients should bring along the necessary documentation which applies to them and anyone they're registering.


While it's advisable to register as soon as possible, it can also be done when you need to visit a Pharmacist, no appointment is necessary. Leaflets are available from Community Pharmacies and GP Surgeries with a full list of the types of ailments covered and full details about the scheme.

Minor Ailment Service is available at


For more information contact

Dawn Balfour, Community Pharmacy IT Facilitator 
Tel: 01592 226928 Fax: 01592 714240
By Post: NHS Fife, Fife Primary Care Cameron House Cameron Bridge Cameron Road Windygates Leven Fife KY8 5RG


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