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Patients are quite rightly getting more and more frustrated at not getting what they want, when they want it! Please be assured that we are your advocates and we act in your best interests. But we do have to prescribe cost-effectively, and refer for medical reasons when we can't manage your problem, not simply for your peace of mind. You will not find a GP practice these days which will oblige your every wish without discussion!

 

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Treating minor conditions is changing.....

Minor health conditions are conditions that can be treated through self care. They are conditions that will:

  • Get better on their own
  • Can be treated without visiting the GP by patients buying over the counter items directly from the local pharmacy

Minor health conditions include:

  • coughs, colds or sore throats
  • cold sores
  • conjunctivitis or dry eyes
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • grazes
  • sprains
  • hay fever
  • head lice
  • indigestion and heartburn
  • infrequent migraines
  • mild cystitis
  • mouth ulcers
  • sunburn
  • stomach ache
  • warts and verrucas

Effective 29 March 2018, NHS England issued guidance that over the counter items will no longer be routinely prescribed in primary care. This means that your doctor, or other prescriber, will not routinely prescribe medicines for minor health conditions that can be purchased over the counter.*

Over the counter medicines are best for minor health conditions. These can be bought from pharmacies and local shops without a prescription. They are also often cheaper this way. You can get them without an appointment or seeing a doctor.

In most cases the direct cost of over the counter medicines will be lower than the combined cost to the NHS of a GP consultation, buying, prescribing and then dispensing the medicine.

Further information and *exceptions to the guidance can be found through the Sutton CCG website

Prescribing over the counter medicines is changing leaflet


See your Pharmacist for Minor Conditions

A recent government initiative has engaged pharmacists to help you with common conditions, on a walk-in basis, and provide you appropriate remedies for the following conditions:

  • Diarrhoea/Tummy Upset
  • Indigestion/Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Earache
  • Temperature
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Nappy Rash
  • Hay fever
  • Threadworm

Need a Doctor urgently? Dial 111 or Seldoc on 020 8 693 9066

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