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Minor Ailment Scheme risen by 136% in two years

Island residents with minor health complaints are being urged to think pharmacist first - instead of waiting for a GP appointment.

The health department says the number of people using its Minor Ailment Scheme has risen by 136% over the past two years. 

It offers quick and convenient access to pharmacists, who can offer advice, treatment and a limited range of prescriptions, for a range of common conditions.

They range from hay fever, conjunctivitis and toothache to shingles, gout and sports injuries.

Island pharmacist David Halliwell says there are benefits for the health system as a whole:     

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