Aberfoyle Medical Centre

Door are open between 8.30am – 12.30 pm and 1.30pm – 5.30 pm

Phone lines are open from 8.30am – 12noon and 1pm – 5.30pm

Emergency line only from 12 – 1pm 

Acute Prescription line and results line open between 10 – 11am and 2 – 3pm

Self care

Pharmacy First

Minor Ailments Scheme

The Minor Ailments Scheme is to enable patients to get free advice and medicine (if appropriate) for a defined list of illnesses from a pharmacist, without needing a GP prescription.  The Pharmacist will ask about your symptoms, your medical history and other medicines that you take.   This will help them make an appropriate recommendation for treatment.  In some cases the pharmacist may need to refer you to another Healthcare professional such as your GP.

Please see list of conditions below that can be treated under the Minor Ailments Scheme:

  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Acute Diarrhoea
  • Ear Wax
  • Groin area infection
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Head lice
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Scabies
  • Threadworms
  • Vaginal Thrush
  • Verrucae

The Minor Ailments scheme CANNOT treat:

  • Pregnant patients
  • Those who have tried an OTC treatment which has not worked
  • Immunocompromised patient

Pharmacy First for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

If you are female and aged between 16 and 64 you can be assessed and treated for Urinary Tract Infection symptoms in the majority of community pharmacies without having to wait for a GP appointment.

Pharmacy First for Emergency Hormonal Contraception (the morning after pill)

If you are aged 13 or older, you can now get the morning after pill free from community pharmacies across Northern Ireland.

Pharmacy First for Sore Throat (selected pharmacies)

The Pharmacy First Service for sore throat will be offered in 42 community pharmacies across Northern Ireland from November 2023 to March 2024.

Anyone over the age of four with a sore throat can access the service in a participating pharmacy.

See below  list of Participating Pharmacies in the Derry Area:


Belmont Pharmacy, Da Vinci’s Complex, Culmore Road, Derry, BT48 8JBBoots,

Crescent Link Retail Park, Derry, BT47 6SA

Medicare Pharmacy, 6A Beechmount Avenue, Strabane, BT82 9BD

Murphy’s Pharmacy, 165 Spencer Road, Derry, BT47 6AH


Self Care

Did you know that 10 of the most minor ailments seen by GPs can also be treated by you at home?

By treating yourself at home you could save a trip to the surgery and free up time for the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems.

Read about some of the most effective home treatments on the NHS website for:

  1. Back pain  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/back-pain/
  2. Sore throat https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sore-throat/
  3. Heartburn and Acid reflux https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heartburn-and-acid-reflux/
  4. Diarrhoea and vomiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diarrhoea-and-vomiting/
  5. Constipation https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/constipation/
  6. Migraines https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/migraine/
  7. Coughs https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cough/
  8. Acne https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acne/
  9. Sprains and strains https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sprains-and-strains/
  10. Headaches https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/headaches/

Visit the NHS website



Each year 25% of the population visit their GP for a respiratory tract infection (eg sinus, throat or chest infection). These are usually caused by viruses.

For patients who are otherwise healthy, antibiotics are not necessary for viral infections.

These infections will normally clear up by looking after yourself at home with rest, plenty of fluids and paracetamol.

Ear infections typically last 4 days

89% of cases clear up on their own

A sore throat typically lasts 7 days

40% of cases clear up after 3 days and 90% after 7 days without antibiotics

Sinusitis typically lasts 17 days

80% clear up in 14 days without antibiotics

Cough/bronchitis typically lasts 21 days

Antibiotics reduce symptoms by only 1 day

Antibiotics only work for infections caused by bacteria.

Taking unnecessary antibiotics for viral infections should be avoided because they may not be effective next time you have a bacterial infection.

Patients with long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and COPD are eligible for flu and pneumococcal vaccinations. Ask at reception for more information.

Medicine cabinet

You can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings


  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy

Other NHS services

As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

You can ask your local pharmacist about lots of health issues, including when to visit your GP. And there’s no need for an appointment.

Visit our Who should I see page for more information.

Date published: 8th October, 2014
Date last updated: 6th March, 2024