As a result of local and national strategies please be aware that we will be limiting prescriptions of Over The Counter (OTC) medicines for minor ailments.

This means that instead of receiving prescriptions for short term conditions (e.g. for paracetamol or ibuprofen), patients will be encouraged to self care and buy these from their own local Pharmacy or Supermarket.

East Lancs Clinical Commissioning Group - CCG (CCGs are clinically led statutory bodies responsible for the planning and Commissioning of health care services for their local area) have provided the following document on information regarding:

- Self-care

- Pharmacy first

- Medicine cabinet essentials: what should you have in your medicines cabinet?

Click here to view the East Lancs CCG Self Care Web Page

Please note that:

  • There are no plans to limit Over The Counter (OTC) medicines for people with long-term health conditions.
  • GPs will be able to prescribe in circumstances of clinical need.
  • If symptoms persist, please book a GP appointment

Benefits of Self Care

Self care has many benefits:

Expert advice to support you

Pharmacists can offer expert advice on a wide range of illnesses.  You don't need to make an appointment, just attend your local pharmacist and your consultation with them will be confidential and discreet.

Save yourself time

As many pharmacists are open late and at the weekend you can access care without having to wait to attend a GP appointment.

Save your GP time

Choosing self care can mean freeing up an appointment for the GP to spend more time with patients who have complex care needs.

Save the NHS money

Approximately £1million of NHS funding is spent unnecessarily on medication that is available over the counter at Pharmacies or Supermarkets to treat common conditions.

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