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Your Local Community Pharmacy for Minor Ailments

March 30, 2009 11:48 AM

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Patients in Greater Glasgow and Clyde with a minor ailments can make use of a minor ailment service offered free of charge by their local community pharmacy.

Community pharmacies have been offering an NHS minor ailment service since July 2006 and want to encourage more local people to make use of their expertise.

The community pharmacist can offer help, advice or treatment with minor ailments such as pain relief, cough, colds, constipation, diarrhoea, toothache, baby’s teething, indigestion, hayfever, athletes foot or head lice treatment.  If appropriate, the pharmacist will write a prescription for a suitable product and supply this to the patient.

Elaine Ward, Primary Care Development Pharmacist, wants to encourage people who are eligible for the minor ailment service to register with their local community pharmacy and make use of this service if they have a minor illness.

She said: “The minor ailment service at local pharmacies is available to anyone who is exempt from paying prescription charges, are registered with a doctor in Scotland and not resident in a care home.

“The service is aimed to promote pharmacy as a first port of call for minor illness and help to reduce health inequalities. It also helps to free up GP’s time to spend with more severe, chronic or acute problems. "

Patients can register with a community pharmacy of their choice. The registration process is done electronically, so all it involves is a quick signature on a registration form. Patients will also be asked to sign a form if, having had a consultation, the pharmacist either gives them some advice or refers them to their GP. This is a record that the consultation occurred.

Further information about the service is available from your community pharmacy.

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For further information contact 0141 201 4429.

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