Pharmacy Services

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Common Ailments Scheme


What does the service offer?

Your community pharmacist can offer free confidential NHS advice and/or treatments for a number of common health problems without you having to make an appointment with your GP under the Common Ailments Scheme.

If you visit a pharmacy with a common ailment, you can ask the pharmacist for advice and treatment where required. The pharmacist may ask if you wish to register for the service. Registering means the pharmacist may supply you with the medicine you need free of charge.

Find more information about the Common Ailment Scheme

Independent Prescriber - 18 and Over



  • Otitis Externa / superficial infections of the external auditory canal 
  • Impacted or excessive cerumen 
  • Otitis Media

Upper Respirarory Tract

  • Sinusitis 
  • Allergic rhinitis 
  • Sore throat / tonsillitis  
  • Oral thrush 
  • Cough 


  • Fungal and candida infections (excluding fungal nail infections) 
  • Acne & rosacea (topical treatments only) 
  • Inflammatory skin disorders and psoriasis (topical treatments only) 
  • Dry Skin 
  • Herpes Zoster 
  • Skin infections (e.g. Impetigo, cellulitis) & paronychia 
  • Skin reactions (urticaria, hives, bites/stings, etc)

Urinary Tract

  • Lower urinary tract infection 
    • Female age 18-65
    • Not Pregnant


  • Emergency contraception 
  • UKMEC 1 
  • UKMEC 2


  • Viral infection 
  • Pyrexia  
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis 
  • Gout exacerbation 
  • Constipation 
  • Other conditions covered by the All Wales Common Ailments Formulary where CAS supply is inappropriate

Local Pharmacies offering this service are:


Sore Throat Test and Treat


Under this scheme, a Pharmacist can assess your symptoms and can do a quick pain-free swab of your throat. They will ask you some questions to see if you require a throat swab and complete a quick assessment. Following consultation and assessment, they can then prescribe Antibiotics if required.

If you are living in Carmarthenshire County please use: Sore Throat Test and Treat Scheme - Hywel Dda University Health Board

If you are living in Swansea County please use: Sore Throat Test and Treat Scheme - Swansea Bay University Health Board