Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group is the statutory body responsible for commissioning local health services in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan.

Contact us on 01942 482711 or public@wiganboroughccg.nhs.uk

The NHS is stopping the prescribing of medicines that are readily available over the counter from a pharmacy, supermarket or shop.

Every year the NHS spends over £500million on prescriptions giving out medicines that that residents can buy themselves over the counter.  After a national consultation, NHS England advised all CCGs that treatments for minor and self-limiting conditions should not routinely be prescribed and that people should self-care for these conditions.

Here is a link to the NHS England guidance:  https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/otc-guidance-for-ccgs.pdf

Stopping prescribing medicines for conditions that are minor and you will naturally recover from without any help will save the NHS money and free up GP and practice nurse appointments.

The conditions are:

Conjunctivitis:
bacterial and viral

Coughs, colds and
nasal congestion

Cradle cap

Dandruff (mild scaling of
the scalp without itching)

Diarrhoea in adults
(not children)

Dry eyes/sore tired eyes

Earwax

Excessive sweating
(hyperhidrosis)

Fungal nail infections

Head lice

Indigestion and
heartburn

Infant colic

Infrequent cold sores
of the lip

Infrequent constipation
(less than 2 weeks)

Infrequent migraine

Insect bites and stings

Mild Acne

Mild cystitis
(2-3 days)

Mild dry skin

Mild irritant dermatitis

Mild to moderate
hayfever/seasonal rhinitis

Minor burns and
scalds

Minor conditions associated
with pain, discomfort and/or fever
(e.g. aches and sprains, back pain)

Minor haemorrhoids

Mouth ulcers

Nappy rash

Oral thrush

Prevention of dental
caries (cavities)

Ringworm/athlete’s foot

 Sore throat

Sunburn due to excessive
sun exposure

 Sun protection
(except ACBS criteria)
 Teething/mild toothache

Threadworms

 Travel sickness  Warts and verrucae

 

Before implementing the guidance in Wigan Borough, we engaged with over 300 people about what they thought and what we needed to think about when implementing.  More information on the engagement and the report from this feedback can be found here: https://www.wiganboroughccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/engagement-feedback?start=2

Nearly 90% of people were agreed with stopping prescriptions for medicines that can be bought over the counter, but there were concerns for people who couldn't afford it. As a result of these concerns, within Wigan we will continue to run a pharmacy minor ailment scheme for people who cannot afford to self-care so that the pharmacy can provide certain medications free of charge to these people.

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