The Minor Ailment Scheme is a fantastic free NHS service that can be used to treat conditions such as:

  • Acne

  • Athelete’s Foot

  • Backache

  • Cold sores

  • Constipation

  • Cough

  • Diarrhoea

  • Earache

  • Eczema and allergies

  • Haemorrhoids (piles)

  • Hay Fever

  • Headache

  • Head lice

  • Indigestion

  • Mouth Ulcers

  • Pain

  • Period Paid

  • Thrush

  • Sore throat

  • Threadworms

  • Warts and verruca

The Minor Ailment Scheme is available to patients who are registered with a Scottish GP and who fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • under 16 years of age or under 19 years of age and in full-time education;

  • aged 60 years or over;

  • have a valid maternity exemption certificate, medical exemption certificate, or war pension exemption certificate;

  • get Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, and their family members

  • persons who receive Universal Credit, subject to certain income thresholds, and their family members

  • persons who receive support because they are asylum-seekers, and their family members; and

  • are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate.