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Minor Ailment Service

  • Scotland

The Minor Ailment Service in Scotland allows eligible people to visit community pharmacies for the treatment of common conditions such as cough, head ache and indigestion.

The pharmacist can advise, refer or treat patients depending on their needs. National and local formularies are available to help decide on the most appropriate course of treatment.


You receive a capitation fee and are reimbursed for the cost of the products supplied in a similar way to GP10.

What are the objectives of MAS?

  • Improve access to advice and medicines for common illness.
  • Promote patient care within community pharmacy.
  • Shift balance of care from GPs and nurses to community pharmacists.

Who is eligible to use this service?

  • People over 60 years of age.
  • People under 16 years of age or under 19 years of age if in full-time education.
  • People with maternity, medical or war pension exemption certificates.
  • People who get Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or NHS tax credit exemption certificate.

All patients must be registered with a Scottish GP practice to use this service.