The NHS can spend as much as £569 million in a year prescribing medicines that can be bought from high street pharmacies, supermarkets and even petrol stations. These are called over the counter medicines and are generally used to treat minor and common illnesses and conditions.
Following a national NHS public consultation and engagement with people across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, some changes have been made in relation to prescribing these medications.
Our staff, including your doctor and other healthcare professionals will not generally provide you with a prescription for a medicine that you can buy at the local pharmacy, supermarket or elsewhere. This includes items such as vitamins, minerals and other supplements including probiotics, as well as treatments for some mild skin conditions.
With this in mind, it may be quicker and easier for you to speak to a pharmacist or use our self-care resources instead of making an appointment with your GP.
If your doctor thinks that you need a prescription for a medication, he or she will still be able to supply it. The doctor makes the decision.
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