NHS Lewisham CCG no longer supports the routine prescribing of medications for acute (short-term) illnesses, minor and/or self-limiting conditions; and health supplements, which could be bought cheaply over-the-counter (OTC)

Why are we doing this?

  • To encourage and empower people to self-care for minor self-limiting conditions at home with support from community pharmacy therefore reducing reliance on prescribers for prescriptions.
  • To free up clinician consultation time for people who have more complex healthcare needs and who need more active support in managing their health
  • To increase patient awareness of preparations which are of low clinical effectiveness, where there is a lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness and/ or can be purchased over the counter easing pressure on NHS prescribing budgets.


What treatments and preparations for acute (short-term) illnesses, minor and/or self-limiting conditions are included and why?

  • Treatmentsthat can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy with or without advice
  • Treatments that can be purchased from other retail outlets such as supermarkets, petrol stations, convenience and discount stores
  • Treatments that are used to treat a condition that is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal/resolve by itself; and/or
  • Treatments that are used to treat a condition which lends itself to self-care i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care and/or treatment for the condition
  • Treatments that are often available to purchase over the counter at a lower cost than would be incurred by the NHS on a prescription

As we are part of Lewisham CCG, The Jenner Practice will be following the above guidance from 01 April 2018. If you wish to pass on your views about the above changes, please contact Lewisham CCG PALS by telephone 020 3049 3240 or by email LEWCCG.enquiry@nhs.net

Published: Mar 19, 2018

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