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Common Illnesses

Minor health conditions are conditions that can be treated through self care.  They are conditions that may improve on their own and/or be treated without visiting the GP. Your local pharmacist will be able to advise you whether you are able to obtain medicine over the counter for your health condition.

NHS England issued guidance in March 2018 that over the counter items will no be longer routinely be prescribed in primary care. This means that your doctor, or other prescriber, will not routinely prescribe medicines for minor health conditions that can be purchased over the counter. In most cases the direct cost of over the counter medicines will be lower than the combined cost to the NHS of a GP consultation, buying, prescribing and then dispensing the medicine.



Please find links to NHS guidelines for common conditions below:

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