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Medicines for minor conditions no longer generally available on prescription

Medicines for minor conditions no longer generally available on prescription

Medicines for minor, short term conditions will no longer be generally available on prescription from GP practices in Calderdale, given that these are widely available for patients to buy from pharmacies, shops and supermarkets..

At its August Governing Body meeting Calderdale CCG endorsed the NHSE guidance on ‘Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care’.

Calderdale CCG recommends that treatments for the following conditions are no-longer routinely prescribed:

  • Acute Sore Throat
  • Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Coughs and colds and nasal congestion
  • Cradle Cap (Seborrhoeic dermatitis – infants)
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Infant Colic
  • Mild Cystitis Minor Conditions Suitable for Self- Care
  • Mild Irritant Dermatitis
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea (Adults
  • Dry Eyes/Sore tired Eyes
  • Earwax
  • Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
  • Head Lice
  • Indigestion and Heartburn
  • Infrequent Constipation
  • Infrequent Migraine
  • Insect bites and sting
  • Mild Acne
  • Mild Dry Skin
  • Sunburn due to excessive sun exposure
  • Sun Protection
  • Mild to Moderate Hay fever/Seasonal Rhinitis
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever. (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy Rash
  • Oral Thrush
  • Prevention of dental caries
  • Ringworm/Athletes foot
  • Teething/Mild toothache
  • Threadworms
  • Travel Sickness
  • Warts and Verrucae

It is recommended that the following treatments, proven to be of limited clinical effectiveness, are no-longer prescribed:

  • Probiotics
  • Vitamins and minerals

This is a recommendation, and GPs are still able to prescribe treatments should they feel it clinically appropriate.

This will allow the NHS to spend money more effectively and will free up appointment times in primary care and improve access .

Further information can be found at https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/prescribing/



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Information on self-care, and useful medicines to have at home to treat minor illnesses can be found at www.nhs.uk

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