Do Pharmacies Treat Common Ailments?

common ailments scheme in Llanedeyrn

Do you know about the Common Ailments Scheme? It offers access to both over-the-counter and prescription medications for a particular list of common ailments. Your local pharmacy can now treat many minor illnesses without the need to see your doctor. Keep reading to find out more about the common ailments scheme in Llanedeyrn.

What conditions does the common ailments scheme cover?

Patients who have common ailments that are not treatable by self-care can seek free NHS consultation and get treatment through the common ailments scheme.

The scheme provides a substitute for scheduling a consultation with a doctor to address the following 26 conditions:

  • Acne
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Backache (acute)
  • Chickenpox
  • Cold sores
  • Colic
  • Conjunctivitis (bacterial)
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis (dry skin)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry Eye
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Hay fever
  • Head Lice
  • Indigestion
  • Intertrigo
  • Ingrowing toenail
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Ringworm
  • Scabies
  • Sore throat
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Verrucas
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Who qualifies for the common ailments scheme?

The Common Ailments Scheme was created in an effort to relieve some of the pressure on local GPs, who are finding it difficult to keep up with patient demand for visits, by utilising pharmacists' skills. 

Any patient who resides in Wales or is registered with a Welsh GP practice is eligible to access the service. The patient must have the ability to physically visit the pharmacy.

If you have an eye ailment, you should first schedule a free NHS eye test at your local optometrist (optician).

If the pharmacist is unable to treat your issue, they may occasionally need to recommend you to your GP or any other healthcare provider.

Can anyone use the common ailments scheme in Llanedeyrn?

Patients can self-refer to the service.  Ask the pharmacist for guidance if you're unsure whether you should use this service or visit a doctor.

You must sign up with the pharmacy of your choosing in order to access this service. If you need to re-use the service, you can sign up with any pharmacy and decide at any time to switch to a different pharmacy.

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Here are a few common conditions:

1. Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are a common problem. The majority of the time, it's not serious, and you can take measures to help ease your discomfort.

  • When using your computer screen, take breaks to relax your eyes
  • Clean your eyelids on a daily basis
  • Ensure that the computer screen is at or slightly below eye level
  • Use a humidifier to avoid having dry air
  • If you wear contact lenses, remove them and put on glasses so your eyes can rest

If you have dry eyes, a pharmacist might be able to help. They could be able to inform you:

  • About self-care measures you can take, like cleaning and eye protection
  • If you have to purchase any aids you might need, such as allergy medications or eye drops, gels, or ointments.
  • If you should seek a GP or optician's services

2. Thrush in men and women

Both men and women can get the common yeast infection known as thrush. Although it usually doesn't hurt, it can be annoying if it keeps happening. It does not fall within the category of an STD (STI).

Thrush symptoms in women:

  • White, odourless vaginal discharge that often resembles cottage cheese
  • Rash and itchiness near the vagina
  • Stinging and pain when you urinate or have sex

Male thrush symptoms:

  • Inflammation, burning, and redness under the foreskin and around the penis' head
  • A white discharge (resembles cottage cheese)
  • An unpleasant odour
  • Difficulty pulling back the foreskin
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How can a pharmacist help with thrush?

If you have previously had thrush identified and you are aware of the symptoms, you can purchase antifungal medications from pharmacies.

A pharmacist can advise you on the best course of action. If you are ashamed, ask whether they have a private space where you can discuss your symptoms.

Without consulting a pharmacist or doctor, you shouldn't use antifungal medication more than twice in a six-month period.

3. Warts and Verrucas

Small bumps called warts frequently appear on the skin of the feet and hands. Warts can seem different and might grow singly or in groups. Some have a higher propensity to affect certain body parts. Verrucas, for instance, are warts that typically appear on the soles of the feet.

Though warts are not malignant, they might resemble several types of cancer. Warts are a common part of life for most people. Children and teenagers are typically more affected than adults.

The majority of the time, warts and verrucas are not harmful and can be cured by a pharmacist. If necessary, your pharmacist might advise that you visit your doctor.

Book your appointment with Hopwoods Pharmacy today to get treatment on the common ailments scheme in Llanedeyrn.


This blog post was written on behalf of Hopwoods Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.