The ‘Minor Ailments Scheme’, is a free service provided by Valleys Link Pharmacy and other community pharmacies which allows for a free consultation and prescription treatment for a range of health conditions.

Pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints and can give advice and where appropriate, medicines that will help to clear up the problem. If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will refer you to them when appropriate.

Ailments covered by the service include;

  • acne vulgaris
  • allergic rhinitis
  • athlete’s foot
  • lower back pain without radiculopathy (acute)
  • chickenpox (in children under 14 years of age)
  • cold sores
  • conjunctivitis (bacterial)
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • dry eye disease
  • dry skin (includes contact dermatitis and atopic eczema)
  • dyspepsia
  • haemorrhoids
  • head lice
  • infantile colic
  • ingrowing toenail
  • mouth ulcers (simple aphthous)
  • nappy rash
  • oral candidiasis
  • ringworm (tinea corporis), tinea cruris and intertrigo
  • scabies
  • sore throat (interim guidance)
  • teething
  • threadworms
  • vulvovaginal candidiasis
  • warts and verrucae

Do you need to see a doctor?

No because you can get advice and/or appropriate treatment form your community pharmacist

Why go to your pharmacist first?

  • Pharmacists can offer advice and treatment for a wide range of minor ailments
  • Treatments provided as part of the Minor Ailment Service are free of charge
  • You will receive quick, expert advice without the need to see your GP
  • GPs will be able to spend more time focusing on patients with more complex medical needs

Download the NHS Wales ‘Common Ailments Service’ flyer for FREE