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Stopping prescribing medicines you can buy yourself






Date: 5th March - 7th April


Every year the NHS spends a lot of money on prescriptions giving out medicines that you can buy yourself without a prescription from a doctor or nurse.  For example, pain killers like paracetamol. 

These are called 'over the counter' medicines as they are easily available over a shop counter without a prescription.

Senior managers in NHS England, spoke to lots of people through two consultations, about whether they were happy to buy medicines themselves for some mild illnesses instead of going to the doctor or nurse.

This would save the NHS money and give doctors and nurses more time to see patients who need their help most.

After NHS England had finished talking to people they created new rules to stop doctors giving prescriptions for medicines for 36 mild illnesses. 

They would only stop giving prescriptions for medicines when: 

  • the medicines don't make you better
  • the medicines are for illnesses that will get better by themselves
  • you can easily buy the medicines from a chemist, supermarket or shop

Doctors, nurses and chemists in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan will soon be following these new rules.  

We want to know what you think of the new rules. 


How to get involved:

Read the information below and click the link to answer the questions.  The survey will close on 7th April 2019.   


Click here to fill in the survey

If you would prefer, you can ask us to post out a copy of the survey to you or you can download it below:

This can be sent back without a stamp to:

Shape Your NHS
NHS Wigan Borough CCG
Wigan Life Centre
College Avenue
WN1 1NJ 

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PROFESSIONALS: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OTCProfessional


Here is more information for those that are interested in it:

Link to full NHS England Guidance: https://www.england.nhs.uk/medicines/conditions-for-which-over-the-counter-items-should-not-routinely-be-prescribed/



Once we have completed the engagement work, the feedback will be considered and we will produce a “You Said, We Listened” document and this will be published on our Engagement Feedback page.


Different formats:

The main information and questionnaire is in large print and easy read.  If you would like help understanding this information, or need it in a different format (braille, for example), please contact us.


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