Over the Counter Prescription Changes

What do these changes mean?

Following a period of national consultation, NHS England has issued new guidance on over the counter medicine.  This means that for 35 minor, short-term health conditions, over-the-counter medicine will not be routinely prescribed by your GP.  This is because you can buy all these medicines freely, faster and for less than the cost of a prescription, over the pharmacy counter at any good local chemist. Your pharmacist will be able to assist you with the appropriate health advice for choosing and taking these medicines.

To find out more about which conditions are affected, please visit the Wiltshire CCG website.

Changes To Prescribing Common Medicines At St Melor House Surgery

In keeping with this new guidance our surgery has decided NOT to prescribe the following medications, in line with the reasoning outlined above.   Please do not be offended when we ask you to buy these medicines over the counter.

  • Acne Creams
  • Antifungal Creams & Powders
  • Antiperspirants
  • Bath Oils
  • Bites & Stings Treatments
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Calpol
  • Chloramphenicol Eye Drops
  • Cold Sore Treatment
  • Colic Drops
  • Cough Mixture
  • Decongestants
  • Diarrhoea Treatment
  • Dry Skin Creams Shampoos
  • Ear Wax Drops
  • Hay Fever Tablets
  • Head Lice Treatment
  • Ibuprofen Tablets
  • Indigestion Remedies
  • Laxatives
  • Mouthwashes
  • Nappy Rash Creams
  • Nurofen Liquid
  • Pain Gels / Creams
  • Paracetamol Tablets
  • Stop Smoking Products
  • Sun Creams
  • Teething Gels
  • Threadworm Tablets
  • Throat Lozenges / Sprays
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel Medicines
  • Tubigrip Bandages
  • Vitamin Supplements & Tonics
  • Wart & Verruca Treatments