Services Database NHS Community Pharmacy Winter Pressures Minor Ailments Service

Service ID



The purpose of the Community Pharmacy Winter Pressure Minor Ailments Service is to ensure that patients can access self-care advice for the treatment of minor ailments and, where appropriate, can be supplied with over the counter medicines, at NHS expense, to treat their minor ailment. This provides an alternative location from which patients can seek advice and treatment, rather than seeking treatment via a prescription from their GP or out of hours (OOH) provider, or via a walk-in centre or accident and emergency.

Patient eligible to receive the service are:

  • 60 or over
  • Under 16
  • 16-18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • the person or their partner (including civil partners) are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate (full help with health costs), or they receive either:
    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Location of service

Lincolnshire LPC


NHS England

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

NHS England

Service type

Winter ailment service

Other organisations involved


Start date:
End date:




Not known.