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Minor ailments are generally defined as medical conditions that will resolve on their own and can be reasonably self-diagnosed and self-managed with over-the-counter medications. In the following modules the following specific minor ailments areas will be covered: 

  • Benefits of running a minor ailments service in a community pharmacy
  • Acne
  • Athletes Foot
  • Diarrhoea
  • Ear Wax
  • Groin Area Infection
  • Haemorrrhoids
  • Head Lice
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Oral Thrush
  • Scabies
  • Threadworms
  • Vaginal Thrush
  • Verrucae and Warts
  • The Pharmacy First Service

The above list of minor ailments is not exclusive. For example hayfever is covered as part of the CE CE Allergy  and PE PE Allergy separate allergy modules. Implemented in 2023 and going live in 2024 is the Pharmacy First Service. NHS Pharmacy First.  This was launched covering 7 specific areas where Pharmacists can prescribe (under a Patient Group Directive (PGD) ) medicines for some common minor ailments including: 

  • Earache
  • Impetigo
  • Infected Insect Bites
  • Shingles
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in Women

By the end of the module learners should have a greater understanding of various common ailments, their treatment regimes and the Pharmacy First Service. They should also be able to offer advice where needed and know when to refer to the pharmacist where appropriate.