Pharmacy First Common Ailments Scheme

Pharmacy First Common Ailments Scheme

Many pharmacies in West Kent are taking part in the Common Ailments Scheme which helps people who don’t usually have to pay for NHS prescriptions access medicines for common minor ailments, free of charge.

Simply walk in to a pharmacy and ask for advice you do not need to make an appointment. Look for the Pharmacy first sign displayed at your local pharmacy.

Pharmacy staff will be able to make a diagnosis and offer you advice and treatment. The pharmacist may decide that you need to see a doctor and refer you to your GP, without giving you medicine.

Common Ailments treated under this scheme

  • Cold Sores
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Cystitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earache
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Hay Fever
  • Indigestion
  • Insect Bites / Stings
  • Mild eczema / dry skin
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Sprains / strains
  • Vaginal Thrush

Local Pharmacies participating are:


23-29 Albion Place, Maidstone
50-52 College Road, Maidstone
18 Fremlin Walk, Maidstone
56-62King Street, Maidstone


88A King Street, Maidstone


97 Heath Road, Coxheath
Unit 2-4 Longshaw Road, Maidstone
12 Northumberland Court, Shepway

126-128 Ashford Road, Bearsted
6 Boughton Parade, Loose Road, Maidstone
100 Week Street, Maidstone


Penenden Heath Pharmacy, 321 Boxley Road, Maidston