Pharmacy and chemist

NHS Care at the Chemist Scheme

Do you know about the 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. 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.

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