Doctors have been asked not to prescribe medicines for minor ailments like paracetamol or ibuprofen *
Doctors have been asked not prescribe a list of medicines for minor ailments. These medicines can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket. This includes patients who get FREE prescriptions.
The minor ailments are:
- New sore throat, Conjunctivitis, Coughs, colds and congestion, Cradle cap, Dandruff, Diarrhoea (adults), Dry eyes/sore tire eyes, Earwax, Unusual sweating, Piles, Headlice, Indigestion and heartburn, Child colic, Occasional cold sores, Occasional constipation, Occasional migraine, Insect bites and stings, Mild acne, Minor burns and scalds, Mild cystitis, Mild dry skin, Mild irritant dermatitis, Mild to moderate hay fever, Minor pain, discomfort and fever (eg aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain), Mouth ulcers, Nappy rash, Thrush in the mouth, Prevention of tooth decay, Ringworm/athletes foot, Sunburn, Sun protection, Teething/mild toothache, Threadworms, Travel sickness, Warts and verrucae
Community pharmacists are trained to offer help and advise on minor ailments. They will help you if you visit your local pharmacy.
Further information about this is available at: www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/otc
A patient information leaflet is available at: www.england.nhs.uk/publication/prescribing-of-over-medicines-is-changing
* Patients who need these drugs in regular quantities can continue to get them on repeat prescription.
For further information please contact: Neil Phillips, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825430978