Common Problems Your Pharmacist Can Help With

Why Visit Your Pharmacy

It's estimated 50 million visits to the GP are made every year for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete's foot.

But by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble. Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time – just walk in.

Minor ailments & common conditions your pharmacy may help with.

Minor ailments scheme.

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Minor Ailments & Conditions Your Pharmacy May Help With

  • mild skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, athlete's foot
  • coughs and colds, including blocked nose (nasal congestion), and sore throats
  • bruises, sunburn, and minor burns and scalds
  • constipation and piles (haemorrhoids)
  • hay fever, dry eyes and allergies (including rashes, bites and stings)
  • aches and pains, including earache, headache, migraine, back pain and toothache
  • vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
  • period pain, thrush and cystitis
  • head lice (nits)
  • conjunctivitis, cold sores and mouth ulcers
  • warts and verrucas
  • nappy rash and teething

Greater Manchester Minor Ailments Scheme

The Greater Manchester Minor Ailments Scheme is now open to patients registered with our practice. The scheme is available from participating GM pharmacies, without an appointment.

Patients who require advice and/or treatment for any of the conditions listed in the table below can self-refer to the pharmacy for treatment.

The scheme is free to access and those patients that do not pay for their prescriptions will receive any recommended medication free of charge. Patients who do pay for their prescriptions will pay the usual charge or the retail price depending on which is cheaper.

ConditionAge Range


No restriction

Allergy / Rash

1 year+

Athletes’ foot

No restriction

Cold sores

No restriction


2 years+


6 years+

Contact dermatitis

10 years+


12 years+

Dry Skin

No restriction

Ear Wax

No restriction


No restriction

Haemorrhoids, from 18 years

18 years+

Hay Fever

1 year+

Head lice

6 months+

Headache / Earache

3 months+

Indigestion / Heartburn

6 years+

Insect bites & Stings

3 years+


3 months+

Nappy rash

No restriction

Nasal Congestion (Infant)

No restriction

Oral Thrush

4 months+


2 months+

Soft Tissue Injury

3 months+

Sore Throat

3 months+


3 months+


2 years+

Vaginal thrush

16-60 years

Verruca / Wart

2 years+

Please click here to see the list of local pharmacies who are participating in the Greater Manchester Minor Ailment Scheme and their contact numbers for your convenience.