Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing:

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

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

Below is a list of illnesses / conditions which will no longer be prescribed for, unless clinically indicated these medications are available to buy over the counter at your pharmacy.


·         Acute Sore Throat

·         Conjunctivitis

·         Cough, Colds & Nasal Congestion

·         Cradle Cap

·         Dandruff

·         Diarrhoea (adults)

·         Dry Eyes / Sore Tired Eyes

·         Earwax

·         Excessive Sweating

·         Haemorrhoids

·         Head Lice

·         Indigestion & Heartburn

·         Infant Colic

·         Cold Sores of the Lips

·         Infrequent Constipation

·         Infrequent Migraine

·         Insect Bites & Stings

·         Mild Acne

·         Minor Burns & Scalds

·         Mild Cystitis

·         Mild Dry Skin

·         Mild Irritant Dermatitis

·         Mild – Moderate Hay Fever

·         Minor Pain (aches, sprains, headaches,     period pains, back pain)      

·         Mouth Ulcers

·         Nappy Rash

·         Oral Thrush

·         Prevention of Tooth Decay

·         Ringworm / Athletes Foot

·         Sunburn

·         Sun Protection

·         Teething / Mild Toothache

·         Threadworms

·         Travel Sickness

·         Warts & Verrucae’s

If use of a product from the list above is indicated for a person in one of the following groups, it will continue to be prescribed by your GP if indicated.

  • School age children, if the product needs to be given at school. Many schools will not administer medicines that do not have a dispensing label bearing the child’s name and the dose
  • Care home residents
  • Individuals with funded care packages where a carer is required to administer a medicine or product
  • Anyone officially declared homeless
  • People with a diagnosis of dementia
  • People with a diagnosed learning disability.

What is a Repeat Prescription?

Repeat prescriptions are medications which appear on the reverse of your prescription which your doctor would like you to continue on a regular basis.

How to request a Repeat Prescription

Repeat prescriptions may be ordered in several ways:

  • Using our Online Services.
  • You may hand in your computer slip or a note with your name, address, DoB and the medication required written clearly;
  • Set up a direct Repeat Prescription Order through your local Pharmacist;
  • Or By post.

Repeat prescriptions will be ready in 2 working days from your request. Please note if your prescription request is NOT on your repeat prescription your request will take longer to process and the doctor may wish to speak with you. Delays may also occur if your medication request is different from what your doctor has prescribed for you.

We will return your prescription to you by post if a stamped addressed envelope is provided.

Many chemists offer a delivery and collection service. Speak to your preferred chemist directly for details. This means that you do not have to come to the surgery to collect your prescription and then take it to a chemist.

Electronic Prescription Service

We will be introducing a new way of generating your prescriptions called “Electronic Prescription Service” (EPS) which will mean that your prescriptions will go directly to a chemist of your choice. With EPS this means that you no longer have to come to the surgery to pick up your repeat prescriptions, you can go straight to your nominated chemist.

You still need to allow 2 working days from the time of your request.

Unfortunately certain medications cannot be done through EPS due to safety reasons. These medications include:

  • Controlled drugs like (Tramadol, Morphine, Oramorph, Fentanyl, etc)
  • Private prescriptions

Find out more…

Please note we do not automatically reissue repeat prescriptions for new patients from their previous GP without a GP consultation.