GPs stop prescribing for minor conditions

Posted 08/10/2018

From 1 October 2018, GPs in Reading are generally NOT prescibing medicines for 35 minor conditions (see picture) and urge people to seek advice from pharmacies on what they can buy to help them. Exceptions may apply in some cases.

Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group – which oversees GP services for Reading people – states: ‘The new over the counter medicines guidance will limit the routine prescribing of products that are for:

  • A self-limiting condition, which does not require any medical advice or treatment as it will get better on its own, such as sore throats, coughs and colds
  • A condition that is suitable for self-care, which can be treated with items that can easily be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy or other outlet, such as indigestion, mouth ulcers and warts and verrucae.

However in line with national guidance, this will not affect prescribing of over the counter items for longer term or more complex conditions or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious.’

The CCG urges patients  to have a supply of essential medicines at home so they can quickly treat common conditions and therefore avoid any unnecessary and inconvenient trips to their GP. A list of useful medicines to have at home is available on the NHS website.

If patients require any further advice they can contact the CCG’s Patient Advice and Liaison Team on 0118 982 2720 or email


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