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Changes to NHS prescriptions in Southwark

The CCG will be making changes to prescribing guidelines for selected over the counter medicines, anti -malarial medicines and selected travel vaccinations.  

This means GPs in Southwark will no longer routinely prescribe these medicines on NHS prescription. Over the counter medicines and on-the-spot expert advice from qualified pharmacists are widely available at pharmacies across Southwark. The changes do not affect patients who access the medicines they need through the Pharmacy First scheme.

GP practices will continue to offer private prescriptions for anti-malarial medicines and travel vaccines and to offer free travel advice. Alternatively, patients may seek advice, malaria prevention tablets and vaccinations from a community pharmacy or private travel clinic.

The changes follow extensive public engagement and a formal consultation process which took place between 26 June and 20 August 2017. The CCG considered all findings and feedback received very carefully before making its decision to agree the proposals.

The revised guidelines will come into effect later in autumn 2017 and it is expected that they will:

  • bring the CCG in line with national policy
  • promote self-care of minor short term conditions
  • free up doctor and nurses' time for those most in need
  • enable to CCG to get the best value from the funding available
  • support wider local plans within the Our Healthier South East London sustainability and transformation plan.