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Prescribing Changes in Dudley

Wychbury Medical Group will no longer be prescribing certain medications

Dudley CCG has made some changes to the prescribing of medicines that can be bought over the counter for common, short term illnesses or those that have no or low clinical value. Medicines or products with no or low clinical value are those which have no clear health benefit for patients. The changes mean that your GP may no longer give you a prescription for certain types of medicines or treatments that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets. The types of medicines and treatments that fall into this category are known as self Care medicines. These include: Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets. A full list of medicines can be viewed at www.dudleyccg.nhs.uk/prescribing

If you need treatment for a long-term chronic condition or there are legal restrictions on the amount of medicine that you can buy over the counter from a community pharmacy, then your GP will still provide a prescription.

When you’ve got a minor illness you can’t treat at home, and it isn’t an emergency, you should go to your local Pharmacy for quick expert advice. Your local pharmacist is a trained medicine expert who can offer you free, confidential advice and treatment for a wide range of conditions such as fever, bruising, cuts, teething, sprains, sinus pain and nasal congestion. They can also answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medic

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