Residents of Hull are being reminded to access their local pharmacy for the treatment of minor illnesses, through the Minor Ailment Scheme, this Easter.
The scheme, which is available in 72 pharmacies across Hull, allows people who do not pay for prescriptions to be seen by a pharmacist and receive free-of-charge medication without having to first visit their GP.
Dr Dan Roper, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chair said: “Visiting your local pharmacy can be a quick and effective way of treating minor illnesses and ailments without having to book an appointment with your GP. Anyone can attend a pharmacy and ask for advice or buy over the counter remedies; the Minor Ailment Scheme means if you do not pay for your prescriptions, you may also be able to receive free-of-charge medicine from your pharmacist.”
Parents in the city are also being reminded that children under the age of 16 can benefit from the scheme as they do not pay for prescriptions.
Dr Roper added: “If you, or your child, have a minor illness this Easter break, your local pharmacy should be the first point of call for timely advice and treatment. They will be able to advise on how to manage your symptoms or if further medical attention is required.”
Everyone can visit their local pharmacist for medical advice, regardless of their eligibility for the Minor Ailments Scheme. For further information speak to your local pharmacist.
Notes to Editors:
Ailments which are covered by the Minor Ailment Scheme include:
- Acne, athlete’s foot, cold sores, constipation, coughs and colds, cystitis, dandruff, diarrhoea, ear ache, eczema, eye conditions, haemorrhoids (piles), hay fever, head lice, indigestion, heart burn, nausea, vomiting, insect bites and stings, mouth ulcers, nasal congestion, nappy rash, pain, skin conditions, teething, thrust, thread worm, warts and verrucae.
- For pharmacy opening times over the Easter weekend, and contact details, please visit the NHS Hull CCG website here: http://www.hullccg.nhs.uk/pages/hull-community-pharmacy-opening-times