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Changes to over the counter prescribing

Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing.

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns.

Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.

The team of health professionals at you local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if you symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.

  • Visit the NHS website ( and click on “Sevices near you” to help you choose the right service.
  • Find out more about this change to prescription policy at:

A&E and 999 should only be used for serious and life threatening emergencies.



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