Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can provide advice on what to keep in your medicine cabinet and how to treat many common illnesses and injuries.
It is really important to ensure you have the right medicines at hand so if you do fall ill you can get better without delay. Keeping commonly needed medicines at home will help you be prepared to look after yourself and your family. Find out more about how pharmacies in Southampton can support you.
Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing
Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will generally not give you a prescription for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for a range of minor health conditions. Instead, over-the-counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.
This change follows a national consultation run by NHS England which asked people for their views on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor, short-term health concerns.
The NHS currently spends around £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket, such as paracetamol. By reducing the amount it spends on OTC medicines, the NHS can give priority to treatments for people with more serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and mental health problems.However there are exceptions and in some cases you can still get prescriptions for OTC medicines.
Find out more
- You can find out more about which conditions you will no longer be able to get an over-the-counter prescription for and the exceptions to the new prescription rules on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/OTCmedicines.
- Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing - information leaflet
- Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing - Easy Read information leaflet