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

 

threadworm

 

oral thrush

 

head lice

 

diarrhea (adults)

 

nasal congestion

 

infrequent constipation

 

ringworm/athlete’s foot

 

infant colic

 

infrequent cold sores of the lip

 

haemorrhoids

 

cradle cap/dandruff

 

infrequent migraine

 

fungal nail infections

 

mild acne

 

conjunctivitis

 

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.

For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Commonconditions.aspx 

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