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If you fall into one of the categories below you are eligible to register for Minor Ailments:

  • Children under 16 (or under 19 if in full-time education);

  • People aged over 60 years of age;

  • Those on certain benefits (eg Income Support);

  • People with a valid medical exemption certificate.

When you are registered for the minor ailments service your pharmacist can give you medicine for a minor illness or complaint, if they think you need it. You will not have to pay for this.

You will be able to get advice and free treatment (if you need it) from your pharmacist for problems such as:

Acne, Athletes Foot, Backache, Cold Sores, Cough, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Earache, Eczema, Allergies, Haemorrhoids (Piles), Hay Fever, Headache, Head Lice, Indigestion, Mouth Ulcers, Pain, Nasal Congestion, Period Pain, Thrush, Sore Throat, Warts, Threadworms, Verrucae.

Your pharmacist, like your doctor, can only give out certain medicines and products. You may not get the medicine or product you would normally buy.

If your pharmacist feels it is better for you to see your GP, they may refer you directly or ask you to make an appointment at your surgery.

Register at any pharmacy.


Pharmacies across Tayside are now able to offer treatment for certain conditions without the need to make a GP appointment.


Women with uncomplicated UTI can be treated using Trimethoprim (or Nitrofurantoin in Tayside only)


Females aged 16 - 65 years presenting with 3 or more of the following symptoms, or if both dysuria and frequency are present.

  • Dysuria (painful urination)
  • Frequency
  • Urgency
  • Polyuria (excessive production of urine)
  • Haematuria (blood in urine)
  • Suprapubic (above pubic bone) tenderness


  • Itch or discharge
  • Symptoms suggestive of upper UTI (rapid onset, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loin pain/tenderness, systemically unwell)
  • Treated for a UTI in the last month and not on long-term medication for UTIs
  • 2 or more episodes in the last 6 months or 3 or more episodes in the last 12 months
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Diabetic
  • Hypersensitivity to ingredients


Impetigo can be treated using Fusidic Acid 2% under the following conditions.


  • Adults and children aged 2 years or older with minor skin infection limited to a few lesions in one area of the body
  • Rash consists of vesicles that weep and then dry to form yellow-brown crusts
  • Must obtain parental/guardian consent for treating a child under the age of 16 years
  • Patient must be present at consultation


  • Children under the age of 2 years
  • Multiple skin sites, widespread or bullous impetigo
  • Signs of systemic illness
  • Known hypersensitivity to any ingredients of the preparation
  • Had impetigo within the last 3 months
  • Presenting with any underlying skin condition on the same area of the body as impetigo

Contact your local pharmacy for more information.

Action on Hearing

Are you deaf or hard of hearing?  Do you wear a NHS hearing aid?  Come to our free local drop-in to find out about:

  • Fitting new batteries and tubing (we are unable to re-tube OPEN FIT aids).
  • Caring for and getting used to your hearing aids.
  • The different services that can help you.
  • Information on equipment that can help you.
  • On-hand help and support from different services.

Please contact the Information Line on: 0808 808 0123 or visit

Nuisance Calls

It has come to our attention that a few patients have been contacted by someone advising that they require to purchase a Blood Pressure Monitor at a cost of £99, payable in monthly instalments.

We are not aware of any offer from the NHS from or on behalf of NHS Tayside.

We have also spoken to Trading Standards who advise that this appears to be a 'scam'  Any patient or member of staff coming across any information on this issue should contact Trading Standards on 0345 404056 quoting Case 14680988



Do you have any used postage stamps at home?  We are collecting stamps to raise money for donkey sanctuaries.  Please hand them into Reception or pop into the box in the waiting area. Thank you kindly.


May we remind our patients that GP appointments are 10 minutes long. If you have more than one problem or would like a longer discussion then please let us know when making your appointment.


Wednesday 28 March is a Protected Learning Time afternoon and the Medical Centre will be closed from 12.30 with all telephone calls being transferred to NHS24. 

If you require urgent attention during this time please dial 111.




Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)

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