When ordering repeat prescriptions please order in good time
However if for any reason you need an urgent prescription our dedicated medicines team will be happy to help with any queries
The NHS App
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What the NHS App does
Use the NHS App to:
- check your symptoms
- find out what to do when you need help urgently
- manage appointments at your GP surgery
- order repeat prescriptions
- securely view your GP medical record
- register to be an organ donor
- choose how the NHS uses your data
Or you can download it from your app-store below...
You can also order your prescription using this email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can help us by only requesting your usual supply of medications when required and not try and do it early, or order extra. To help the supply chain and keep up with demand, we will make sure suitable provision is made for people self isolating owing to illness or being in at risk groups.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Medicines for Self-Care
Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group supports any GP practice that decides to reduce their prescribing of medicines which have limited clinical value or are more suitable for patients to buy for themselves:Pain killers for minor aches and pains
- Soluble pain killers (because of high salt content)
- Hay fever preparations
- Cough and cold remedies
- Nasal decongestants (and Sterimar)
- Tonic, vitamin, and health supplements
- Homeopathic remedies
- Treatments for non-serious constipation or diarrhoea
- Ear wax removers (a few drops of olive oil is just as good as anything on prescription)
- Treatments for minor facial spots
- Threadworm tablets
- Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes
- Slimming preparations (except within national guidelines)
- Creams, gels, oils and dressings for minor sprains, sports injuries and scars
- Indigestion remedies for occasional use
- Creams for bruising, tattoos, varicose veins and scars
- Nappy rash barrier creams
- Hair removing creams
- Head lice lotions and shampoos (wet combing is recommended)
- Athletes’ foot creams and powders
- Topical treatments for vaginal thrush
- Treatments for fungal nail infections
- Moisturisers and bath additives for minor dry skin conditions
- Travel medicines
- Foods and toilet preparations except where clinically indicated e.g. gluten-free cakes, cake mixes & luxury biscuits; sip feeds; ready-made thickened juices; soya milks and sun creams
Why? This decision has been taken because:
- Many of these products are cheap to buy and are readily available along with advice from pharmacies, as well as shops and supermarkets (which are often open until late).
- Some of them do not actually work very well, e.g. cough syrups.
- In Somerset we spent almost £4million last year on these medicines. This money could be better spent on treating more serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
- In some circumstances your doctor can still prescribe these medicines on the NHS if they believe a true clinical need exists. http://www.selfcareforum.org/.
For more information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living please visit the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx