Prescribing Policy

Water Meadow Surgery has decided to stop prescribing a number of items on an NHS prescription that can be obtained ‘over the counter’ from a pharmacy.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but the fact is, NHS prescribing budgets need to be controlled.

Last year in Bucks alone £2million was spent on these medicines. This is money that NHS Buckinghamshire could use effectively to help patients with conditions such as cancer or heart disease.

You can buy these products cheaply and easily from pharmacies, shops and supermarkets.

Pharmacists are fully qualified to provide advice on these medicines so you don’t need to see a doctor.

These items include:

  • Painkillers for minor aches and pains
  • Hay fever preparations
  • Cough and cold preparations
  • Tonics and health supplements
  • Treatments for short term constipation or diarrhoea
  • Creams, gels and tubigrip for sports injuries and sprains
  • Anti-perspirants
  • Headlice lotions and shampoos
  • Threadworm tablets
  • Creams for bruising and varicose veins
  • Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes and gargles § Treatments for mild acne
  • Ear wax removers
  • Athlete's foot creams and powders
  • Barrier creams for nappy rash
  • Moisturisers and bath additives for minor skin conditions
  • Gluten free biscuits and cakes


  • Ketoconazole shampoo
  • Tgel shampoo
  • Thrush treatment
  • "dry eyes" e.g. Hypromellose eye drops
  • Chloramphenicol eye drops
  • Gaviscon and other antacids
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