Your local NHS does not support the prescribing of medications that can be bought over-the-counter to treat short term minor illnesses and ailments.

You can help the NHS and often get the help you need more quickly by:

Buying medicines which are available over the counter to treat minor ailments and self-limiting conditions, instead of going to your GP to ask for a prescription.

Asking your local pharmacist for advice before making an appointment with your GP or practice nurse. Pharmacists are trained experts and can give advice on a wide range of minor ailments. You don’t need an appointment and many pharmacies open late.

Don’t forget, you can also call NHS 111 for health advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



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