Medicine for minor illness scheme closes

A SCHEME for people with minor illnesses and injuries to get medicines from pharmacies has been closed.

The Minor Ailments Scheme was closed on Thursday, March 31 because improvements to GP and other health services across Derbyshire, including better access to GP surgeries and the creation of walk-in centres, mean patients with minor illnesses and injuries can now obtain medications in a variety of ways.

Keith Mann, Head of Primary Care Contracts for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “The adjustment to services means that funds used for administering the scheme can be used to enhance other areas of health care in Derbyshire.”

Most medicines dispensed under the Minor Ailments Scheme cost less than £1 and will still be available to buy from pharmacies and other outlets, such as supermarkets.

Pharmacies will also continue to offer advice, help and medication for a range of complaints including colds or flu, skin conditions, allergies and general aches and pains

GPs will continue to care for patients and to issue prescriptions for dispensing at any community pharmacy when needed.

Details of local pharmacies are available at www.nhs.uk, by calling 0800 783 7279 or by texting “pharmacy” to 64746.

• STOCKPORT’S Stepping Hill Hospital will not lose its A&E services despite recent speculation, the trust in charge of transforming the area’s trauma services has said.

NHS North West are currently working on proposals to improve the way major trauma services work in the region, and to create a more integrated service for trauma victims, meaning they get the most appropriate care at the most appropriate location.

However, claims in the Manchester press last week that the proposals would see A&E services at several hospitals in the North West, including at Stepping Hill, being lost, are simply not correct, the trust said.