Medicines for self-care/No prescription Required

Wirral CCG does not recommend the prescribing of medicines and treatments for minor, short-term conditions where self-care is the most appropriate route and where medicines and treatments are available to buy over the counter. Wirral CCG also does not recommend prescribing where there is insufficient evidence of clinical benefit or cost-effectiveness.

Why this decision has been made?

  • In Wirral we spent approximately £2m per year on these medicines. This money could be better spent on treating more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Many of these products are readily available, along with advice, from local pharmacies. Some are also available from local shops and supermarkets.
  • Everyone in Wirral has the same expectation of what will be provided from their GP practice

For common conditions that can be treated with a medication that is available to buy over the counter from your local pharmacy, please see your pharmacist. 

You do not need to make an appointment to see the pharmacist, just ask for help and advice on the most appropriate medication to relieve your symptoms for:


coughs and colds


minor pain, discomfort and fever


acute sore throat


teething/mild toothache


hayfever and allergies


warts and verrucae


skin rashes/nappy rash


travel sickness


heartburn and indigestion




oral thrush


head lice


diarrhea (adults)


nasal congestion


infrequent constipation


ringworm/athlete’s foot


infant colic


infrequent cold sores of the lip




cradle cap/dandruff


infrequent migraine


fungal nail infections


mild acne




mild dry skin


Other - please indicate below


If at any time you are concerned about your condition or if your symptoms are not improving after a few days of treatment with the over the counter medications you should contact the local pharmacist or the surgery for more advice.

Please contact the surgery for further advice.

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