Did you know that you can receive treatment at your pharmacy free of charge under the Common Ailment Scheme?

The common ailments service offers patients access to free NHS advice and treatment for common ailments that cannot be managed by self care.

The service offers an alternative to making an appointment with the GP to discuss the following 26 conditions

  • Acne
  • Athletes Foot
  • Backache (acute)
  • Chickenpox
  • Cold sores
  • Colic
  • Conjunctivitis (bacterial)
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis (dry skin)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry Eye
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Hayfever
  • Head Lice
  • Indigestion
  • Intertrigo
  • Ingrowing toenail
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Ringworm
  • Scabies
  • Sore throat
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Verruca

Who is it for?

The service can be used by any patient who lives in Wales or is registered to a Welsh GP practice. The patient must be able to attend the pharmacy in person and some pharmacies don't offer this service. We can confirm that Rowlands Pharmacy, Chapel Street do offer this service but we would advise you call any other pharmacy and confirm that they do offer this service before attending. Please do click Here to find your nearest pharmacy and contact details.

If you are suffering with an eye conditions you should visit a local optometrist (optician) for an eye examination in the first instance which will be free, if eligible. Click Here to find out if you are eligible for this service.

Opticians that offer a free eye check can be found Here

Sometimes the pharmacist may need to refer you to your GP or another healthcare professional if they are unable to treat your condition.

Can anyone use the service?

Patients can either be referred by their GP or other healthcare professional or can self-refer to this service. If you are unsure whether you need to use this service or see your doctor, please speak to the pharmacist for advice.

To use this service you must register with the pharmacy of your choice. You can register at any pharmacy and can choose to move to another pharmacy at any time if you need to use the service again.

What to expect

You will have a private consultation with the pharmacist in the pharmacy consultation room, this will usually take between 5 and 10 minutes.

You do not need to make an appointment but you may need to wait to see the pharmacist at busy times.

Your doctor (GP) will be sent information about the advice and treatment you have received.

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