Since May 2018, the NHS released a list of medicines that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets which can no longer be routinely prescribed by GP surgeries.
An information leaflet is available here and more information can be found on the CCG website here.
The list of items and conditions for which you will not normally be able to have a prescription is below.
Items of limited clinical effectiveness
|Probiotics ||Vitamins and minerals|
|Acute Sore Throat||Cold Sores||Conjunctivitis||Coughs and Colds and Nasal Congestion|
|Cradle Cap||Haemorrhoids||Infant Colic|
Minor conditions suitable for self-care
|Mild Cystitis||Contact Dermatitis||Dandruff||Diarrhoea (Adults)|
|Dry Eyes/Sore (tired) eyes||Earwax||Excessive sweating (mild – moderate hyperhidrosis) ||Head Lice|
|Indigestion and Heartburn||Infrequent Constipation||Infrequent Migraines||Insect bites and stings|
|Mild Acne||Mild Dry Skin||Sunburn/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||Prevention of dental caries||Ringworm/Athletes foot|
|Teething/Mild Toothache||Threadworms||Travel Sickness Tablets||Warts and Verrucae|