Free medicine for children through Minor Ailments scheme
So how does it work? Well, go to your pharmacy and ask for the minor ailments scheme form, and fill out your order, and you could get your meds through your NHS contributions.
This scheme is meant only for baby and children's medication, and is there to alleviate the burden on the NHS. If you don't need to go to your GP, you don't have to.
If you want more information on this, the NHS have a page about it all, which is helpful.
There's a search engine about the minor ailments scheme, which you can check out by clicking here. Not all pharmacies run a minor ailment service, sadly. If you have a Boots nearby, they're on-board with the scheme. You can check out their information on it all, here.
Basically, if you just need some Calpol or nappy rash cream, you can avoid the wait at the GP's and get it for free at participating pharmacies. This scheme has been around for a while, but it seems there's a lot of people out there who still aren't aware of it, so have a look into it and make the most of this very useful service for new parents which will save you time, as well as money.
If you're an adult picking up a prescription, there's also a thing where you can save money. In some cases, picking up a private prescription is significantly cheaper than doing it through the NHS. Have a look here for more details on that.