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Common Childhood Ailments and access to treatment for families on low incomes

Common Childhood Ailments and access to treatment for families on low incomes

Topic created on, Friday, January 4, 2019 , from Blackpool
Hi All,
Just wanted to share an observation and ask for any support / guidance in how we maybe able to monitor this and move forward for families on a low income.
I am a Frontline Worker in refuge and have noted that families on a full monthly UC claim are struggling to purchase within an effective timescale treatments for basic Childhood ailments - we have noted an increase in head-lice and threadworm outbreaks within our HMO. Whilst we have been able to obtain free scripts from the GP - we are very conscious that we are having to access emergency GP appointments for children that previously would have been treated directly from a pharmacy. Such a shame that the 'Minor Ailments Scheme' has now finished.
Just thought I would share as it appears to be having a direct impact on Children's Health and any solutions to access treatment for them sooner and not clogging up the NHS appointment system would be beneficial to all.

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(Casework Manager), from London Hi I was surprised to hear that the Minor Ailments Scheme had gone. Looking online it seems that it is commissioned locally, so may not be gone in all areas: https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/nhs-england-scrap-minor-ailments-service-14-london-boroughs This article also mentions some kind of 'digital scheme' that was proposed to replace the Minor Ailments Scheme but I couldn't find out anything else about it.
(Frontline Network Worker), from Blackpool Hi, yes the minor ailment scheme still does exist, although very scaled down and is funded by localised Clinical Commissioning Groups as opposed to nationally. This could be why you have been told it doesn't exist as many pharmacies can't provide this any longer. If you search bar: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/common-illnesses-your-pharmacist-can-help-with/ it will give you information on which pharmacies still provide the scheme. These are called 'minor ailment service' on the NHS site. I have briefly looked and thankfully Whitegate and Newton Drive Health Centre and Boots in Blackpool do, there may be others also. The NHS site does say to phone and check with the pharmacy though, so I hope this information is correct. Good luck!

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