NHS MINOR AILMENTS

Your local community pharmacist at Wyn Ellis can see and treat or advise on a variety of conditions under the NHS Minor Ailment Service…


  • skin conditions, such as mild acne and mild eczema

  • coughs and colds, including nasal congestion and sore throat

  • minor cuts and bruises

  • constipation and haemorrhoids (piles)

  • hay fever and allergies

  • aches and pains, such as headaches, earache and back pain

  • indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms

  • period pain and thrush

  • warts and verrucas, mouth ulcers and cold sores

  • athlete’s foot

  • nappy rash and teething

    In England, most of us are within a short car ride or walk of a community pharmacy. That means we all have quick and easy access to a pharmacist who’s an expert in the safe use of medicines.

Pharmacists have to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council before they can practise. The whole pharmacy team is there to help you look after yourself and have a healthier lifestyle.

You don’t need an appointment; you can just pop in – pharmacists are always happy to have a quick chat

Pharmacies can also offer anonymity, which some patients may prefer. Don’t miss out on this valuable service on your high street. Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that our local pharmacist could resolve.

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.

All pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help clear up the problem.

If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will recognise this and advise you to see your GP instead.

What’s more, many pharmacies are open in the evenings and on the weekends.

More Serious Problems

Which conditions are too serious for my pharmacist to see?

You should go directly to your nearest Accident & Emergency(A&E) with any of the potentially serious or life threatening problems listed here..

  • head injuries or loss of consciousness

  • suturing (stitches)

  • foreign bodies

  • suspected broken bones or heavy blood loss

  • persistent chest pain or difficulty breathing

  • overdose or poisoning

Dial 999 if an ambulance is required.

If an injury is not serious you may be able get help from a minor injuries unit or walk in centre rather than going to a hospital A&E department.

Wyn Ellis Minor Ailment Service

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