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NHS Care at the Chemist Scheme

The local NHS operates a minor ailments scheme that is accessible at your local Chemist/Pharmacy right on the high street.

Do you know about the NHS Care at the Chemist Scheme?

Under the scheme, you can see you local pharmacist for a private consultation, usually without an appointment, for a wide range of ailments. If you don't pay for prescriptions, then any medication the Pharmacist prescribes is free of charge, and open to anyone who is registered with a St Helens Doctor.

So, what treatments are provided?

Your local pharmacist is able to give advice and prescribe a medicine from an agreed list to ensure the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

The following conditions can currently be treated by the NHS Care at the Chemist scheme:

  • Allergies
  • Athletes foot
  • Cold sores
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Coughs, colds and sore throats
  • Cystitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Ear wax
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Headache
  • Head lice
  • Indigestion
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Minor eye infections
  • Minor skin reactions
  • Nappy rash
  • Nasel congestion
  • Oral Thrush
  • Pain or temperature
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Thrush (genital)
  • Warts and verrucas

Some treatments are not available for children - please discuss with your Pharmacist.

Click here to view the Care at the Chemist leaflet

So, remember, just ask for NHS Care at the Chemist!