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.  Worcestershire CCGs no longer support prescribing of some Over the Counter Medicines for certain conditions.

This means that GPs are now advising patients to purchase a range of over the counter medicines from a local supermarket or pharmacy.

Why?

.  Your local NHS needs to save around £30 million pounds. To do this Worcestershire CCGs are improving efficiency and reducing waste.
.  However, they are also restricting some services to protect others.

What conditions can be managed with self care?

.  NHS England believes the following conditions normally should not require medical advice or treatment, however if you are particularly concerned
.  seek medical advice:

  • Acute sore throat
  • Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
  • Cradle Cap (seborrhoeic dermatitis - infants)
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Infant Colic
  • Mild Cystitis
  • Mild Irritant Dermatitis
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea (Adults)
  • Dry Eyex / Sore (tired Eyes)
  • Earwax
  • Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
  • Head Lice
  • Indigestion and Heartburn
  • Infrequent Constipation
  • Infrequent Migraine
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Mild Acne
  • Mild Dry skin
  • Sunburn and 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 cavities
  • Ringworm / Athletes foot
  • Teething / Mild Toothache
  • Threadworms
  • Travel Sickness
  • Warts and Verrucae

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.  *Average price from a variety of sources, as of September 2017.



On behalf of:

NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS South Worcestershire & NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Groups