Minor health conditions are conditions that can be treated through self care. They are conditions that will:
- Get better on their own
- Can be treated without visiting the GP by patients buying over the counter items directly
Effective 29 March 2018, NHS England issued guidance that over the counter items will no longer be routinely prescribed in primary care. This means that your doctor, or other prescriber, will not routinely prescribe medicines for minor health conditions that can be purchased over the counter.*
In most cases the direct cost of over the counter medicines will be lower than the combined cost to the NHS of a GP consultation, buying, prescribing and then dispensing the medicine.