NHS Minor Ailments advice brochure

Common Ailments Scheme

What is the Common Ailments Scheme?


Every year, millions of us visit our GP surgeries for common health problems that a local community pharmacy could help with. By visiting your local community pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and hassle while lowering pressure on your GP so they can deal with other more complicated healthcare conditions.


The Common Ailments Scheme is an NHS-funded scheme that aims to diagnose common ailments and provides free, effective treatment without medical intervention. Participating pharmacies will attempt to provide you with the medicine and care you need, but this is restricted by the nature of your ailment and the policy in place at each respected pharmacy.


Who is the Common Ailments Scheme aimed at?


Anyone can register for the Common Ailments Scheme in-store at any Imaan pharmacy that offers this service, or by calling them (pharmacy numbers can be found via the locations page).


What is covered by the Common Ailments Scheme?


Up to 26 common ailments are treated under this NHS-funded scheme. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Acne
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Back pain
  • Chickenpox
  • Cold sores
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dermatitis
  • Hay fever
  • Indigestion
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Sore throat/tonsillitis
  • Verrucae

What services can we offer?


Our pharmacists can recognise and treat many common illnesses. We can give advice and recommend over-the-counter medicines to assist with your issue. Pop in to any Imaan pharmacy that offers this service to see how we can help you.