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Across Warrington, GP's and other health professionals will no longer routinely prescribe medications for short term minor health problems.

NHS Warrington CCG undertook a formal public consultation on these proposals which received overwhelming support.  On average 87% of people agree that, unless there are exceptional circumstances, patients will be expected to buy the medicines listed below themselves over-the-counter at a local pharmacy or supermarket.

Medicines include:-

-  Pain killers for minor aches and pains     - Hair removal creams

-  Tonics, health supplements and vitamin  - Moisturisers and bath additives for dry skin       

-  Earwax removers                                    - Creams for bruising, tattoos and scars

-  Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles & toothpastes

-  Sun cream (unless diagnosed photosensitivity as a result of genetic disorders

-  Food and food supplements (except on the use advice of a dietician)    

-  Indigestion remedies for occasional use       


NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spends approximately £1 million per year on prescribing these medicines.

This money could be better spent on treating more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.  Many of these products are readily available, along with advice, from local pharmacies.  Some are also available from local shops and supermarkets.

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