To help ensure we make the best use of the money we spend, we have now implemented national guidance (issued by NHS England) and are asking GPs not to routinely prescribe over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead we are asking local people to buy these medicines from a local pharmacy or supermarket.
We want to assure you that every decision made by your GP will be on a case by case basis and there will be times, having reviewed the guidance, when they will continue to prescribe over-the-counter medicines when they feel the guidelines suggest it is appropriate to do so. An amended minor ailment scheme will also continue to be available from Salford pharmacies.
Keeping a few useful medicines at home means you can treat common conditions immediately without needing to go to the pharmacy or contact a healthcare professional.
These could include:
If you have children, make sure you also have products suitable for them. Speak to your local pharmacy team about what medicines to keep at home, where to store them safely and how to use them.
Write to the school giving permission for your child to take the medicine. Guidance from the Department of Education makes it clear that a child can take non-prescription self-care medicines with written permission from a parent or guardian. It is not necessary for GPs to write to schools to confirm that it is appropriate to administer self-care medicines. Further information is available below.
Rather than going to your GP, who in many cases will not now be able to prescribe any medication why not visit your local pharmacy first. The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.
Self care toolkit
Patient information leaflet
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