Services Database Pharmacy First, Minor Ailments Scheme (Chorley & South Ribble and Greater Preston CCG Areas)

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The aim of this scheme is to allow appropriate patients to be referred to or to self-refer to their local community pharmacy. The community pharmacist will be able to treat a number of specified minor conditions and supply medicines from an agreed local formulary at NHS expense. No payment need be made if the patient is exempt from prescription charges. Those patients who pay prescription charges will be able to choose either, to pay the prescription charge due, or purchase the medicine at the normal ‘over the counter’ price.

The minor ailments have been selected because of their prevalence, the availability of pharmacy medicines for their treatment and the willingness of GPs to see their management transferred to pharmacies.

Location of service

Lancashire LPC


Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Service type

Minor ailment service

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No formal accreditation is required to deliver this service as only over the counter medicines can be supplied as treatment. However, the pharmacy must have a Sales of Medicines Protocol and satisfy the core competencies and Clinical Governance criteria listed in the Service Specification.


This service is available in the Chorley & South Ribble and Greater Preston CCG areas only.