We want to help people in the Hutt Valley to access healthcare for minor illnesses where and when they need it.

Pharmacists can help to support the health of your family; they can provide advice and treatment for common minor illnesses for all ages.

The minor health conditions service (also referred to as minor ailments), launched in Upper Hutt in December 2022, is now available in several Lower Hutt pharmacies. This service enables eligible people to consult with a pharmacist at selected local pharmacies, and if appropriate, access free approved medicine.

The service is to help people with minor illnesses to access healthcare at a pharmacy and is available for:

  • Children under 14 years of age, and whānau members* (any age), with the same symptoms
  • Community services card (CSC) holders
  • Māori and pacific people

*For example, if the pharmacist gives your tamariki medicine for scabies and you, or brothers or sisters also have symptoms, they may give advice and medicine to all of you.

The conditions that pharmacists can help you with include:

  • Skin ailments (nits, eczema, scabies, fungal infections)
  • Eye inflammation
  • Dehydration (usually from vomiting and diarrhoea).

The participating pharmacy locations are:

Upper Hutt

Lower Hutt

Click on the links above to access Healthpoint, for pharmacy opening hours and addresses.

In most cases, bookings are not required, phone or pop in to see your friendly community pharmacist. All advice and treatment is conducted in a professional and confidential manner.

Remember a pharmacist can provide advice on, and treat common and minor illnesses with a range of medications. The pharmacist will refer patients to a GP or other health care service if the patient’s condition requires it.


Last updated 14 May 2024.