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Your GP will no longer issue a prescription for these 35 medical conditions

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GP will no longer be issuing prescriptions to numerous medical conditions, meaning they will no longer be dealt with by prescriptions, the NHS has confirmed. To save money it spends on treating minor ailments, the NHS has published a list of 35 conditions for which doctors no longer issue a prescription.


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For minor ailments, sufferers are being requested to visit their local Pharmacy or Online Pharmacy to locate appropriate over the counter remedies instead. Despite the new guidance, many people are unaware and still book an appointment to see their GP just to get these standard items.

Following a public consultation that ran from December 2017 to March 2018, NHS England compiled a list of conditions or illnesses that will no longer be dealt with by prescription. It said it has to make difficult choices about where best to spend taxpayer's money.


So what are the 35 medical condition's GP will no longer issue... Here they are below:

Here are the 35 conditions NHS doctors won't prescribe medication for.



  • Acute sore throat
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
  • Cradle cap
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea (adults)
  • Dry eyes/sore tired eyes
  • Earwax
  • Excessive sweating
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Head lice
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Infant colic
  • Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  • Infrequent constipation
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mild acne
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Mild cystitis
  • Mild dry skin
  • Mild irritant dermatitis
  • Mild to moderate hay fever
  • Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Prevention of tooth decay
  • Ringworm/athlete's foot
  • Sunburn
  • Sun protection
  • Teething/mild toothache
  • Threadworms
  • Travel sickness
  • Warts and verrucae

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