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OTC Medicine - June 2018

NHS England has published new prescribing guidance which covers 35 minor, short-term health conditions, which are either ‘self-limiting’ or suitable for ‘self-care’. For the minor, short-term conditions identified below, medicines which are available over the counter (OTC) will no longer be prescribed on the NHS.

Self-Limiting Illnesses

Acute Sore ThroatHaemorrhoids
ConjunctivitisInfant Colic
Mild CystitisCoughs, Colds & Nasal Congestion
Infrequent Cold SoresCradle Cap (Seborrhoeic Dermatitis)

Minor Illnesses

Mild Irritant DermatitisDry Skin
Indigestion & HeartburnNappy Rash
Head LiceExcessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
DandruffMild Acne
Infrequent ConstipationRingworm & Athlete’s Foot
Minor Surns & ScaldsPrevention of Dental Caries
Infrequent MigraineThreadworms
Mouth UlcersTeething & Toothache
Dry/Sore EyesSunburn Protection
Insect Stings & BitesTravel Sickness
Oral ThrushHayfever & Seasonal Rhinitis
EarwaxWarts & Verrucae
Minor Conditions (Pain, Discomfort, Fever)

Limited Clinical Effectiveness

ProbioticsVitamins & Minerals

Over The Counter FAQ

OTC Reference Guide

Wiltshire POD (Prescription Ordering Direct) - July 2017

We are introducing Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) for our patients, providing an easy way to order repeat prescriptions that will also help to reduce the £2.7 million wasted on unused medication in Wiltshire each year. You can call and request your prescription from the comfort of your own home, removing the need to go in to your GP Surgery or Pharmacy. Westbury Group Practice will be implementing this on the 1st of August 2017.

Call 03001 236242 to speak to the POD, they're open weekdays, 09:00 to 17:00.

Click here for more information about the POD.

POD Leaflet


You can still make prescription requests via online services.

Bratton Surgery Dispensary

The dispensary service at Bratton allows us to dispense prescription items on site to any registered patients that live in Bratton, Erlestoke, Edington and Coulston.

Read about NHS prescription charges here.

Free Prescriptions For Cancer Patients

As of 1st April 2009 Cancer patients in England are entitled to free prescriptions. Apply for an exemption certificate by collecting an application form from your GP or Oncology clinic.

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