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Pharmacy First – Common Ailments Scheme

User AvatarPosted by Beatrice Liddell at 27/04/2015 16:31:52

Many pharmacies in West Kent are taking part in the Common Ailments Scheme which helps people who don’t usually have to pay for NHS prescriptions access medicines for common minor ailments, free of charge.

Simply walk in to a pharmacy and ask for advice; you do not need to make an appointment.

Pharmacy staff will be able to make a diagnosis and offer you advice and treatment. The pharmacist may decide that you need to see a doctor and refer you to your GP, without giving you any medicine.

The following pharmacies are offering this service:

  • Central Pharmacy, 98 High Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1SA. Get directions.
  • Day Lewis, 140 London Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 0PJ. Get directions.
  • Field Pharmacy, 11 Old Road East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 5AS. Get directions.
  • G Currie Chemists, 4 York Parade, Shipbourne Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 3NP. Get directions.
  • Gosrani, 11 Martin Hardie Way, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 4AE. Get directions.
  • Hadlow Pharmacy, The Square, Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0DA. Get directions.
  • Hawkhurst, 1 The Colonnade, Rye Road, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, TN18 4ES. Get directions.
  • Heath Pharmacy, Maidstone Road, Horsmonden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 8JJ. Get directions.
  • Imperial Pharmacy, 4 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TN. Get directions.
  • Kings Hill Pharmacy, 6 Liberty Square, Kings Hill, Kent, ME19 4AU. Get directions.
  • Medipharmacy, 13 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, Kent, M16 8RL. Get directions.
  • Oaks Pharmacy, Admiral Moore Drive, British Legion Village, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7SE. Get directions.
  • Paydens Ltd, 12-14 Martin Square, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6QJ. Get directions.
  • Paydens Ltd, 6 Boughton Parade, Loose Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9QD. Get directions.
  • Paydens Ltd, 24-26 High Street, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5DF. Get directions.
  • Penenden Heath Pharmacy, 321 Boxley Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 2HN. Get directions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to visit a GP for treatment of common ailments?

Not always. You can visit your local pharmacist for expert advice and receive a recommendation for a medicine to treat your common ailment where appropriate.

Why go to your pharmacist first?

Pharmacists are trained to deal with common minor ailments, and this benefits patients because they receive expert advice in the pharmacy, when they need it, without the need to make an appointment with their GP. GP appointments can then be used for patients with more complicated symptoms.

What is the Common Ailments Scheme?

The Common Ailments Scheme is a service for anyone who is registered with a GP in West Kent who doesn’t pay for NHS prescriptions. This includes children. It enables them to get advice and some medications free of charge from their pharmacy.

The pharmacist will ask questions about:

  • your or your child’s symptoms
  • your current medication
  • history of the ailment
  • any other illness you have.

Will I still be able to see a GP?

Yes, if you want to you can still have an appointment to see the GP or nurse. The Common Ailments Scheme is just another way that you can get advice and treatment without waiting for an appointment with your GP.

Important Information 

You should not share your medication with anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms. If your symptoms persist, you should seek further advice from your doctor.

Remember you are only entitled to treatment free of charge if you are eligible for free NHS prescriptions. If not, you can still obtain the same advice free of charge but will need to pay for your medicines.