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SELF-CARE information

Self-care is recommended when you have a minor condition which doesn’t normally need medical care (from a doctor or nurse) or any treatment in order to get better. We have listed a couple of websites below that will help to direct you to self-care.

NHS CHOICES – https://www.nhs.uk/

A – Z complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help.

Pharmacy Minor Ailment Scheme

The Minor Ailments Service aims to:

  • Support patients to self-manage their condition and recover quickly from episodes of ill health that are suitable for management in a community pharmacy setting
  • Ensure that patients have a positive experience of care in a community pharmacy setting
  • Enable more patients to access advice and medicines where appropriate from the NHS without requiring a GP appointment or A&E / urgent care visit to provide a prescription
  • Release capacity in other healthcare setting by providing convenient access to advice and treatment in community pharmacy
  • Divert patients with specified minor ailments from general practice and other urgent care settings into community pharmacy where the patient can be seen and treated in a single episode of care

The pharmacy must be located within Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG area and must comply with all the requirements of the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework.

An individual patient can access the scheme up to six times per calendar year.
The service is funded by Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG. The scheme covers both under and over 16s. The medication options will vary depending on the age and condition presented to the Pharmacist.

The PMAS scheme covers the following conditions:-

Acute Cough under 16 and over 16 • Simple Linctus BP S/F / Paediatric S/F
Pholcodine 5mg/5ml Linctus S/F

Acute Fever under 16 • Ibuprofen 100mg/5ml S/F Suspension / 200mg tablets
 Paracetamol 120mg/5ml SF Suspension / 250mg/5ml S/F Suspension / 500mg tablets

Acute Bacterial Conjunctivitis under 16 and over 16
 Chloramphenicol 0.5% Eye Drops

Acute Pain / Earache/Headache/ Temperature over 16
Paracetamol 500mg tablets / Ibuprofen 200mg tablets

Athletes Foot under 16 and over 16
Clotrimazole 1% cream

Bites and Stings and Allergies under 16 and over 16
Hydrocortisone 1% cream
Mepyramine maleate 2% cream (Antisan brand)
Chlorphenamine Syrup S/F 2mg/5ml / 4mg tablets
Crotamiton 10% cream
Cetirizine 10mg tablets

Cold sores under 16 and over 16
Aciclovir 5% cream

Cold and Flu under 16 and over 16
Paracetamol 120mg/5ml S/F suspension / 250mg/5ml S/F suspension / 500mg tablets
Pseudoephedrine Linctus 30mg/5ml (Sudafed brand)
Ibuprofen 200mg tablets
Menthol and Eucalyptus Inhalation
Xylometazoline 0.1% Nasal Spray

Constipation under 16 and over 16
Lactulose Solution
Ispaghula 3.5g sachets
Senna 7.5mg tablets
Glycerol suppositories

Cystitis over 16
Potassium Citrate sachets
Sodium Citrate sachets

Diarrhoea under 16 and over 16
Dioralyte sachets

Dry Skin (Simple Eczema) under 16
Zerobase Cream
Zeroderm Ointment

Dermatitis/Allergic type rashes under 16 and over 16
Zeroderm Ointment
Hydrocortisone 1% Cream
Crotamiton Cream 10%

Earache under 16
Ibuprofen 100mg/5ml S/F Suspension / 200mg tablets
Paracetamol 120mg/5ml S/F Suspension / 250mg/5ml S/F Suspension / 500mg tablets

Earwax under 16 and over 16
Olive Oil Ear Drops

Hay Fever under 16 and over 16
Cetirizine Liquid / 10mg tablets
Chlorphenamine Syrup S/F 2mg/5ml / 4mg tablets
Loratadine 5mg/5ml Syrup / 10mg tablets
Sodium cromoglicate 2% eye drops (Opticrom Aqueous brand)
Beclometasone 50mcg nasal spray (Beconase Pollenase aqueous spray brand)

Heartburn/Indigestion over 16
Gaviscon Advance tablets / Liquid
Ranitidine 75mg tablets

Haemorrhoids over 16
Anusol Ointment / Suppositories
Anusol Plus HC ointment / Suppositories

Infant Decongestant under 16
Normal Saline Nose Drops 0.9%

Mouth Ulcers and Teething under 16
Anbesol Teething Gel
Paracetamol 120mg/5ml S/F Suspension

Mouth Ulcers over 16
Bonjela gel
Chlorhexidine 0.2% mouthwash

Nappy Rash under 16
Clotrimazole 1% Cream
Conotrane Cream

Oral Thrush under 16 and over 16
Miconazole Oral gel 2%

Scabies under 16 and over 16
Permethrin 5% Dermal Cream
Chlorphenamine Syrup S/F 2mg/5ml / 4mg tablets
Crotamiton 10% Cream

Sore Throat over 16
Paracetamol 500mg tablets
Ibuprofen 200mg tablets
Difflam throat spray

Sprains and Strains over 16
Paracetamol 500mg tablets
Ibuprofen 200mg tablets / 10% Gel

Sunburn under 16
Aqueous calamine cream
Paracetamol 120mg/5ml S/F Suspension / 250mg/5ml S/F Suspension / 500mg tablets

Threadworm under 16 and over 16
Mebendazole 100mg tablet

Vaginal Thrush over 16
Clotrimazole 2% Cream / 500mg Pessary
Fluconazole 150mg oral capsule

Warts and Verruca’s under 16
Salactol Topical Paint

Participating Pharmacies in the Sandwell and West Birmingham area:

Al-Shafa Pharmacy 93 Shireland Road, Smethwick B66 4QJ
Al-Shifa Pharmacy 164 Lozells Rd, Birmingham B19 2SX
ASDA Pharmacy within ASDA store off Windmill Lane, Smethwick, Birmingham B66 3EN
ASDA Pharmacy within ASDA store Old Park Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4PU
ASDA Pharmacy within ASDA store One Stop Shopping Centre, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 1AB
ASDA Pharmacy within ASDA Superstore Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton DY4 0BP
ASDA Pharmacy within ASDA Superstore Great Bridge Retail Park, Brickhouse Lane, Tipton DY4 7HW
Ashworth Pharmacy 211 Queens Road, Smethwick B67 6NX
Beaconview Chemist 314 Beaconview Road, Charlemont Farm Estate,
West Bromwich
B71 3NX
Bearwood Pharmacy 348a Bearwood Road, Smethwick B66 4ES
Bellevue Pharmacy 69 Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7NX
Bloomsbury Pharmacy Oliver Street, Nechells, Birmingham B7 4NY
Bluecross Pharmacy (Soho Pharmacy) 249 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9RY
Boots Chemist Unit D Gallagher Retail Park, Axletree Way, Wednesbury WS10 9QY
Boots Chemist 612/614 Bearwood Road, Smethwick B66 4BW
Boots Chemist Great Bridge Retail Park, Great Bridge Street, Tipton B70 0DR
Boots Chemist 24 High Street, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 0DR
Boots Chemist Oakewell Health centre, Brunswick Park Road, Wednesbury WS10 9HP
Boots Chemist 27 Queens Square, Sandwell Centre, West Bromwich,
West Midlands
B70 7NG
Boots Chemist Unit 2 Windmill Shopping Park (off Windmill Lane), Cape Hill,
Smethwick
B66 3PR
Boots Chemist 1 Hartlebury Road, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 1DF
Boots Chemist 48 Three Shires Oak Road, Smethwick B67 5BS
Boots Chemist 28 One Stop Retail Park, Perry Barr, West Midlands B42 1AA
C H White Unity House, 6 Unity Place, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4DB
Churchview Pharmacy 249 Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, Birmingham B64 6JD
Click 4 Prescriptions 218 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9LR
Co-Chem Pharmacy 136 Heathfield Rd, Birmingham B19 1HJ
Coopers Pharmacy 28 Pound Road. Oldbury, West Midlands B68 8LY
Dalvair Pharmacy 479 Bearwood Road, Smethwick, Birmingham B66 4DH
Day Lewis Pharmacy 30 Carters Green, West Bromwich B70 9LW
Deu Chem Pharmacy 269 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9SA
Dudley Road Late Night Pharmacy 328-330 Dudley Road, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 4HJ
Duggals Chemist Unit 8 Mostyn Buildings, Lower Church Lane, Tipton,
West Midlands
DY4 7PE
Duggals Chemist 75 Park Lane, Tipton, West Midlands DY4 8RP
Dunstones Chemist Ltd 62 Mallin Street, Smethwick, West Midlands B66 1QZ
Fakir Chemist 2A Church Road, Birmingham B13 9AG
Forrest Chemist 145 Hamstead Road, Great Barr, Birmingham B43 5BB
Friar Park Pharmacy 158 Crankhall Lane, Wednesbury WS10 0EB
Gill Pharmacy 341 Rookery Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9PP
Great Bridge Pharmacy 30 Great Bridge, Tipton, West Midlands DY4 7EW
Haden Vale Pharmacy 50 Barrs Road, west Midlands B64 7HG
Healthstop Pharmacy 168 Hamstead Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 2QR
Heathfield Pharmacy 147a Heathfield Rd, Birmingham B19 1HL
Hill Top Pharmacy 1 Pottery Road, Oldbury, Birmingham B68 9EX
Hills Pharmacy 15 Hill Top Road, Oldbury B68 9DU
Hingley M.E. J Regis Medical Centre, Darby Street, Rowley Regis,
West Midlands
B65 0BA
Hingley M.E. J 59 Cradley Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 6AG
Hingley M.E. J 95 High Street, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 5HF
Hockley Medical Practice Pharmacy 100 Warstone Lane, Birmingham B18 6DZ
Hurcomb Chemist 11 Wheelers Street shopping Centre, Wheelers Street,
Birmingham
B19 2ER
Pharmacy Name Pharmacy Address Postcode
Ingrams Chemist 351 High Street, West Bromwich B70 9QG
J Docter Ltd Bloomsbury Village Centre, 67 Rupert Street, Birmingham B7 5DT
Jhoots Pharmacy 8 Birmingham Road, Great Barr, Birmingham B43 6NR
Jhoots Pharmacy 19 – 20 Market Square, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 5HH
Jhoots Pharmacy Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 9EN
Jhoots Pharmacy 51 Dudley Road, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 8JH
Jhoots Pharmacy 44 – 46 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Birmingham B66 4PB
Jubilee pharmacy 2 Upper Russell Street, Wednesbury WS10 7AR
Khaira Pharmacy 6A High Street, West Bromwich B70 6JX
Ladywood Pharmacy 16 King Edwards Road, Ladywood, Birmingham B1 2PZ
Langley Pharmacy 21 Langley High Street, Oldbury B69 4SN
Lloyds Pharmacy Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DB
Lloyds Pharmacy Halesowen Street, Rowley Regis B65 0HF
Lloyds Pharmacy 52 Lodge Road, West Bromwich B70 8PA
Lloyds Pharmacy Mace Street Health Centre, Mace Street, Cradley Heath B64 6HP
Lloyds Pharmacy 152 Walsall Road, West Bromwich B71 3HP
Lloyds Pharmacy Oldbury Health Centre, Albert Street, Oldbury B69 4DE
Lloyds Pharmacy 518 Hagley Road West, Oldbury B68 0BZ
Lloyds Pharmacy Cape Hill Medical Centre, Raglan Road, Smethwick B66 3NR
Lloyds Pharmacy Unit 9-10 Tollgate Precinct, High Street, Smethwick B67 7RA
Lloyds Pharmacy 581 Bearwood Road, Smethwick B66 4BH
Lloyds Pharmacy Warley Medical Centre, Ambrose House, Kingsway, Oldbury B68 0RT
Lloyds Pharmacy 19 West Gate Plaza, Moor Street, West Bromwich B70 7AR
Lloyds Pharmacy Summerfield Health Centre, Winson Green Road,
Winson Green
B18 4BA
Lloyds Pharmacy Thornbridge Avenue, Great Barr, Birmingham B42 2PW
Lloyds Pharmacy 87 Holyhead Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 0HH
Lloyds Pharmacy Orsborn House, 55 Terrace Road, Birmingham B19 1BP
Lyng Pharmacy 1 Lyng Lane, West Bromwich B70 7RW
Malchem Chemist 60 High Street, Smethwick, Birmingham B66 1DS
Marks Chemist 144 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9LN
Masters Pharmacy 182-184 Vicarage Road, Oldbury B68 8JB
Medipharma UK Ltd 279 Walsall Road, Stone Cross, West Bromwich B71 3HR
Michaels Chemist 262 High Street, Smethwick, Birmingham B66 3NL
Murrays Pharmacy Glebefields Health Centre, St. Marks Road, Tipton,
West Midlands
DY4 0SN
Murrays Pharmacy Neptune Health Park, Sedgley Road West, Tipton,
West Midlands
DY4 8PX
Murrays Pharmacy 232 Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 6HN
Nishkam Pharmacy 21 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9SN
Oldbury Pharmacy 196 Causeway Green Road, Oldbury, West Midlands B68 8LS
Park Lane Pharmacy 3 Park Lane, Wednesbury WS10 9PR
Peaches Pharmacy 185 Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 6HF
Pike Pharmacy Laurie Pike Health Centre, 95 Birchfield Road, Handsworth,
Birmingham
B6 6BB
Portway Pharmacy 51a New Birmingham Road, West Midlands B69 2JQ
R & R Pharmacy Broadway Health Centre, Cope Street, Birmingham B18 7BA
R K Pharmacy 90 Lewisham Road, Smethwick, Birmingham B66 2DD
Rana Dispensing Chemist Finch Road Primary Care Centre, 2 Finch Road, Birmingham B19 1HS
Roots Pharmacy 168 Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 8HZ
Rowlands Pharmacy 352 Oldbury Road, Warley B65 0QH
Rx Pharmacy 256 Wellington Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 1QL
Sandwell Pharmacy 85 Church Vale, Birmingham B71 4DH
Sidhu’s Pharmacy 369 High Street, West Bromwich B70 9QL
Sirpal Chemist 274-276 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8JU
Sirpal Chemist 274 – 276 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8JU
Sparkbrook Health Centre Pharmacy Grantham Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1LU
Sparkbrook Pharmacy 53a Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1RD
Pharmacy Name Pharmacy Address Postcode
Stag Pharmacy 230 Stoney Lane, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8AN
Superdrug Pharmacy Unit 35, Kings Square, Sandwell Centre, West Bromwich B70 6NZ
Swanspool Pharmacy Swanpool Medical Centre, St. Marks Road, West Midlands DY4 0SZ
Tesco Extra Pharmacy Foxoak Street, Cradley Heath B64 5DF
The Co-operative Pharmacy 4 New Street, Hill Top, West Bromwich B70 0HN
Tividale Pharmacy 213 Regent Road, Tividale, West Midlands B69 1RZ
Tower Hill Pharmacy Tower Hill Medical Centre, 435 Walsall Road, Birmingham B42 1BT
Vantage Pharmacy 24 Church Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 5UP
Victoria Pharmacy Victoria Health Centre, 5A suffrage Street, Smethwick,
Birmingham
B66 3PZ
Villa Pharmacy 66 Victoria Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 5HA
Vishnu Pharmacy 57 Hurst Road, Warley B67 6LY
Walkers Pharmacy 377 Queslett Road, Birmingham B43 7HB
Wards Chemist 49 Coopers Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham B20 2JU
Wednesbury Pharmacy 140 Crankhall Lane, Wednesbury WS10 0ED
Well Pharmacy 938-940 Walsall Road, Great Barr, West Midlands B42 1TQ
Well Pharmacy 1 Union Street, Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10 7HD
Well Pharmacy 86 Hill Top, West Bromwich B70 0RT
Well Pharmacy 110 Church Lane, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham B20 2ES
Xtreme Pharmacy 62 Witton Rd, Birmingham B6 6LE
Yew Tree Pharmacy Ltd 20 Redwood Road, Yew Tree Estate, West Midlands WS5 4LB
Zenith Pharmacy Ground Floor, 7 Birchfield Road, Birmingham B19 1SU

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