A new Community Pharmacy Minor Health Conditions Service has been launched by Te Whatu Ora as part of the 2023 Winter Preparedness Plan.

The Minor Health Conditions Service is for:

  • Māori or Pacific people
  • Children under 14 years of age, or whānau members of a child with similar symptoms.
  • Community Service Card (CSC) holders.

Participating pharmacists will be able to help people more with health conditions that can be managed with advice, self-care and in some cases, medicines provided in pharmacy, such as:

  • acute diarrhoea
  • dehydration
  • eye inflammation and infections
  • scabies
  • headlice
  • pain and fever
  • eczema/dermatitis
  • minor skin infections.

The service will run until Saturday 30 September 2023.

Community pharmacies in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waitematā, Bay of Plenty, MidCentral, Wellington and Hutt Valley, Canterbury, Invercargill, Gore, and Southland are able to opt-in to deliver the minor health conditions service as part of the range of winter initiatives available.

This service aims to increase the availability of trusted care and advice to communities closer to home, thereby reducing pressure on general practice and hospital services in areas recognised as consistently and persistently experiencing system pressures.

Find out more about the Community Pharmacy Minor Health Conditions Service.