Prescribing of Over the Counter Medicines is changing
How is it changing?
Medicines which are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket (over the counter) will no longer be routinely prescribed for the following conditions:
Why is it changing?
The NHS spends £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought over the counter, such as paracetamol. Reducing the amount the NHS spends on these medicines will mean that more money is available for people with more serious conditions.
How your local pharmacy team can help you?
Pharmacists can give clinical advice and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. If your symptoms suggest it's more serious, they'll ensure you get the care you need.
What if my symptoms don't improve?
Your local Pharmacy team can tell you how long to expect the symptoms of your condition to last. If they haven't improved after this time or you start to feel a lot worse, you should:
Go back to the pharmacy for further advice
Click the links below for information about the changes;
Changes to Over the Counter Medicines Leaflet V1
Changes to Over the Counter Medicines Leaflet - Easy Read Version
Self Care Leaflets
Below are some leaflets to provide advice on self care for some common conditions;
Self Care Video
Looking after your family - How ready are you?
Click on the link below to watch a short video with useful information on self care.
Subtitled version: https://player.vimeo.com/video/153096978?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0
The NHS Website (formally known as NHS Choices) is filled with lots of useful Healthcare information and leaflets, some useful links on self care are listed below;
1) What to expect from your pharmacy
2) New Medicine Service (NMS)
3) Live Well
Guide to NHS Services
Click on the link below to visit the Nene CCG website to view information on where to go with your ailment.