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MEDICINES FOR SELF CARE

Don't wait for a doctor's appointment.......

Go straight to your local pharmacy

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissiong group (NHS New Devon CCG) supports Chagford Health Centre to reduce its prescribing of medicines and supplies which have limited clinical value or are more suitable for patients to buy for themselves.  In some circumstances your doctor can still prescribe these medicines on the NHS if they believe a clinical need exists.

Why are we supporting self care?

There are three main  reasons why we are encouraging our patients to self care.

  • In 2014 NHS New Devon CCG spent almost £3.7 million on these medicines and supplies.  This money could have been better spent on treating more serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
  • Many of these products are cheap to buy and are readily available, along with advice, from pharmacies.  Some self care medicines are available in shops and supermarkets.
  • You do not need to make an appointment to speak to your pharmacist and many pharmacies are open at the weekend.  You can expect a confidential and discrete consultation with the pharmacist in a private area of the pharmacy.

What are self care conditions and supplies?

  • Athlete's foot
  • Coughs, colds, blocked noses, fevers and sore throats
  • Constipation, diarrhoea and haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Dry skin
  • Earwax (a few drops of olive oil is just as good as anything on prescription)
  • Excess sweating
  • Eye infections
  • Hair removing creams
  • Hayfever and allergies
  • Headlice (wet combing is recommended)
  • Herbal and complementary remedies
  • Indigestion remedies (for occasional use)
  • Mild acne and eczema
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor cuts and bruises
  • Minor sprains, sports injuries and scars
  • Mouth ulcers and cold sores
  • Nappy rash
  • Special dietary foods
  • Skin rashes
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Thrush
  • Travel medicines
  • Warts and Verrucas
 
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