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Castle Donington Surgery - Patient Notice

Important Changes to NHS Prescribing

 

Dear Patients

From April 2019, GPs are no longer routinely able to provide prescriptions for medications and treatments which can be bought over the counter at pharmacies and supermarkets.

This means that GPs, nurses and pharmacists will not usually prescribe certain medicines for minor health concerns and patients will be asked to purchase them from pharmacies or supermarkets instead.

The changes follow national recommendations from NHS England to encourage people to self-care and to reduce the amount of money the NHS spends on medicines which are available to buy over the counter.

These changes apply to; 

  • Health conditions which are self-limiting and so do not need treatment, as they will heal or be cured of their own accord
  • Any minor ailment that is suitable for self-care, which means that medical advice is not normally needed and the person can manage the condition themselves, by purchasing medication directly.

These prescriptions also include other common items

  • That can be purchased over the counter, sometimes at a lower cost than that which would be incurred by the NHS
  • For which there is little evidence of clinical effectiveness such as probiotics, vitamins and mineral supplements

People who need medicines to treat a long-term health condition, such as diabetes, or for more complex illnesses, as well as patients on treatments only available on prescription will not be affected by the changes. The changes will also not apply to those who have found that over-the-counter products haven’t helped, or patients who are unable to treat themselves. In all of these cases, prescribers will be able to use their own judgement when deciding whether to issue a prescription.

For more information please see link CCG - More information

Patient Leaflet OTC leaflet for patients

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