Did you know in 2017-2018 we spent £3.2 million on prescribing over-the-counter medicines in Leeds?
And across England, in the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.
To help ensure we make the best use of our budget we have now implemented national guidance (issued by NHS England) and are asking GPs not to routinely prescribe over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead we are asking local people to buy over-the-counter medicines from their local pharmacy or supermarket.
How can you help your local NHS?
- Painkillers to help with pain or discomfort
- Indigestion medicines, oral rehydration salts and treatments for constipation and diarrhoea
- Treatments for seasonal conditions like hay fever
- Sunblock and after sun
- Basic first aid items (for example plasters or antiseptic cream)
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