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Our policy on prescribing medicines in Dudley

Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme

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. They can also answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines and no appointment is necessary.

To view the Pharmacy First Patient Leaflet click here

To find your nearest participating community pharmacy click here

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new prescribing policy in dudley

Prescribing Changes in Dudley

From the 1st August 2017, your GP will 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, a full list of these medicines can be viewed here

In Dudley we spend around £2 million per year on widely available, over the counter medicines, and GPs spend an average of £5,000 every single day seeing patients who have minor ailments that could be treated with remedies bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or shop.

For more information on how you can help your NHS, please see below:

Your Views

Members of the public were asked to share their views on these changes during our consultation (1st February 2017 to 26th April 2017).  During this time views were heard at our public meeting and over 300 people responded to a survey about the changes. The majority were in favour of stopping prescribing these products.

Please see the image on the right for an overview of the survey results or click here to view results in more detail.

For more information or if you have a media enquiry please email:

Laura.Broster@nhs.net or Lindsey.Harding@nhs.net

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Thank you for helping your NHS

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