Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of short-term, minor health concerns.

Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.

The team of qualified healthcare professionals at your local pharmacy can offer clinical advice to safely and effectively manage minor health concerns. This includes:

  • Acute sore throat
  • Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Mild dry skin Mild irritant dermatitis
  • Mild to moderate hay fever
  • Dandruff Diarrhoea (adults)
  • Dry eyes / sore tired eyes
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Infant colic
  • Infrequent constipation
  • Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  • Teething / mild toothache
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Threadworms Travel sickness
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mild acne Minor burns and scalds
  • Excessive sweating
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Head lice
  • Prevention of tooth decay
  • Ringworm / athletes foot
  • Sunburn
  • Sun protection
  • Cradle cap
  • Earwax
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Warts and verrucae
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Mild cystitis   
  • Minor pain, discomfort and fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)

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How pharmacist can help you with common conditions


Did you know that your pharmacist can help you with colds, coughs, sore throats mild hayfever and minor conditions associated with pain?

You do not need to make an appointment to see the pharmacist, just pop in and they will help you and answer any questions.


Did you know many pharmacies are open late nights and at the weekend, which is convenient for people who work during the day? Details of your local pharmacy and their opening times can be found here:


Pharmacists have the knowledge and skills to help and advise you on how to use the medicines you have at home already.

Speak to your local pharmacist about keeping medicines at home to treat common conditions for you and your family.

Keeping a selection of essential medicines at home you can treat common conditions easily and avoid unnecessary trips to see your doctor.


Speak to your pharmacist today about how they can help you with your common condition.

Remember always choose self-care for common conditions.

Pharmacies can play a key part in keeping you happy and healthy.