Self Care

Prescribing of Over the Counter Medicines

Please be aware Bretton Park Healthcare, in line with NHS England, does not routinely provide prescriptions for the following:

Acute sore throatConjunctivitisCoughs, colds and nasal congestion
Cradle capDandruffDiarrhoea (adults)
Dry/sore/tired eyesEar waxExcessive sweating
HaemorrhoidsHead liceIndigestion and heartburn
Infant colicInfrequent cold sores of the lipInfrequent constipation
Infrequent migraineInsect bites and stingsMild acne
Minor burns/scaldsMild cystitisMild dry skin
Mild irritant dermatitisMild-moderate hayfeverMinor pain, discomfort and fever
Mouth ulcersNappy rashOral thrush
Prevention of tooth decayRingworm/athlete’s footSunburn
Sun protectionTeething/mild toothacheThreadworms
Travel sicknessWartsVerrucae

A pharmacist is always happy to advice on these conditions and will signpost if they feel you need further help to either the surgery, 111 or 999.

Please be aware that there are exceptions:

  • If the medication is for a long-term condition
  • You need treatment for more complex forms of minor illnesses
  • You are taking medication to treat a side effect of a prescription medication
  • The OTC medicine has a licence e.g. cannot be bought OTC in pregnancy
  • Prescriber feels patient cannot treat themselves

Buying medicines OTC will allow the NHS to be able to treat more people with serious health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and mental health disorders.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone further regarding the above, please ask reception to book a telephone slot with one of our clinical pharmacists

We can all take steps ourselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness when it occurs. Our website has been designed to promote self-care and you will find lots of self-help advice and signposting across the pages. 

NHS Health A-Z provides useful information about common medical conditions.  

Live Well provides advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.  

Medicines A-Z provides accurate information about commonly used medicines.

The Care & Support Services Directory explains your where you can get support if you need help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability.  

Self Referral

Our Self-Referral page provides the details of lots of local and national NHS services and charities who you can refer yourself to without the need to speak with a doctor or nurse.

Self Care Forum

The self-care forum is a national charity which aims to further the reach of self care and embed it into everyday life. They have created a series of helpful factsheets on some of the more common ailments as well as information on Covid-19 and Nutrition. You can access the factsheets by following the link below:

The Self Care Forum – Health information you can trust is an online resource which provides trusted information on a variety of health and lifestyle topics.

Information is shared through a variety of leaflets, videos, articles and blogs.

There is also a handy online symptom checker.