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For better health and social care

Treating Minor Health Conditions is Changing


In March 2018 NHS England issued guidance that over the counter medicines for minor health conditions will no longer be routinely prescribed by a GP or other primary care service. A minor health condition is one that

  • you can treat yourself
  • one that will get better on its own, or
  • something that can be treated without visiting the GP and using medication bought directly from a pharmacy

Over the counter medicines can be bought from pharmacies and local shops without a prescription. They are also often cheaper this way and you can get them without making an appointment to see a doctor. It is also cheaper for the NHS.

If you would like more information about what constitutes a minor health condition, or any other related information, please see the attached flyer.



Prescribing Over the Counter Medicines Flyer