Services Database Minor Ailment Scheme (Medway CCG Area)

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Patients are encouraged to consult the community pharmacist rather than the GP for a predefined list of minor ailments. Patients are treated from an agreed local formulary. Two prescription-only medicines are included in the formulary, clotrimazole HC cream and trimethoprim tablets. Pharmacists are able to supply these medicines under a Patient Group Direction (PGD).

Patients who are exempt from NHS charges receive treatment free of charge. Patients who pay prescription charges pay only the cost and VAT for each treatment. If this amount is more than a prescription charge, they will pay a prescription charge. 

Please note, this service has been decommissioned.

Location of service

Kent LPC


Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Service type

Minor ailment service

Other organisations involved


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The lead pharmacist must have completed the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) Minor Ailment Service modules and PGD training.

The lead pharmacist is then able to train any pharmacist who works in the pharmacy more than 7 hours a week or who is the regular locum. Both the lead pharmacist and regular locum pharmacist must read the handbook to ensure they understand the service.

It is the responsibility of the lead pharmacist to ensure that all pharmacists who work within the pharmacy, including locums are aware of the scheme and are able to offer the service.


This service is available in the Medway CCG area only.