Whisper whisper... free kiddie medicine - if you know where to go and what to say
As Shameless’ Frank Gallagher says, “Make poverty history, cheaper drugs now!” He could be on to something, and now Bitterwallet reader and mum-of-two Jo has been in touch with us after she got wind of a scheme which allows her to get free paracetamol-based medicine for her kids – over the counter from her local pharmacy.
“All you have to do,” she says “is walk in and ask for children’s pain relief under the Care At The Chemist scheme. There’s a registration form to fill in and then you get your medicine.”
Sounds plenty good and simple, and we suspect that it might be available to anyone who is entitled to free prescriptions. We say ‘suspect’ as there is very little information available online – almost as though the NHS are trying to keep it under their hats, lest we all bombard them for free bottles of Calpol.
We also suspect that only selected Primary Care Trust areas offer the scheme – with that in mind, if you think you might be eligible, your best bet is to have a word with your friendly local chemist and find out if you’re entitled.
If any of you have experienced free medication from Care At The Chemist and can enlighten us on how it all works, let’s have your comments.