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Tameside Minor Ailments Scheme

Your local pharmacist can help you with many common conditions, health advice and over the counter medication where needed. Patients who present with the minor ailments or conditions listed could be treated quicker or more conveniently through self-care and visiting their pharmacist.
 
High Temperature
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If your child under 3-months-old is suffering from a high temperature
  • If you have a temperature above 40C
Conjunctivitis
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If the patient is a child under 2-years-old
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you had eye surgery or laser treatment in the past six months
  • If you have a family history of severe blood disorders
  • If you recently returned from abroad
  • If you have a history of hypersensitivity to chloramphenicol or to any other ingredient within the preparation
  • If you have not responded to treatment of this episode of conjunctivitis
Coughs
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If you are suffering from chest pain, shortness of breath, chest tightness, unexplained weight loss, a cough of sudden onset, recurrent coughs/cough exceeding 2 weeks without improvement or a wheezy cough
  • If you have asthma
  • If you are coughing up foul/discoloured/blood stained or frothy sputum.
  • If the patients is under 6 years of age
  • Painful calf
  • Failure of OTC remedy to improve symptoms
Hay fever
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If the patient is under 6-years-old.
  • If you are pregnant.
Headache
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If you have a child under 12-years-old who is suffering from a headache
  • If you are suffering from migraines
  • If you are having a suspected adverse reaction to a drug
  • If you have headaches following injury or trauma to the head
Head lice
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If you have head lice and the treatment has failed
  • If you have a child under 6-months-old who has head lice
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you are the family of a patient who is not proven to be infected
Nasal congestion
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If you are suffering from recurrent nosebleeds
  • If you have chronic sinusitis
  • If patient is under 6-years-old.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you have co-existing cardiovascular/respiratory disease.
Threadworm
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If the patient is under 2-years-old.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sore throat
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If you have a child younger than 16-years-old with a sore throat
  • If you’re in one of the 'at-risk' groups
  • If you have trouble swallowing
  • If you have oral thrush
Athlete's foot
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If an infection is present and nails are involved
  • If you also have diabetes
  • If the inflammation and itching is severe
  • If it has spread beyond your toes
  • If there is no improvement within a few weeks after self-treatment
Vaginal thrush
However, please contact your GP in the following instances:
  • If the patient is under 16-years-old
  • If you are over 60-years-old with the condition
  • If you are pregnant
  • If a previous course of treatment has failed
  • If your medical issue isn’t listed above please contact your GP as soon as possible.

You can use the following pharmacies if you are suffering from a minor ailment. Take a look at the interactive map if you are unsure which one is nearest to you.