NHS England to allow pharmacies to prescribe most common medications

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Thursday 25 May 2023

Tags: medications, pharmacies, primary care, nhs england, healthcare

NHS England has unveiled plans to make it easier for families to get medications from pharmacies without seeing a GP.

Under the plans, pharmacists will be able to prescribe medications, including antibiotics, for seven common ailments. These are:

  • Earache.
  • Sore throats.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Infected insect bites.
  • Sinusitis.
  • Impetigo.
  • Shingles.

More people will be able to self-refer for physiotherapy, podiatry and hearing tests and women will be able to get oral contraceptives without seeing a nurse or GP.

The proposals form part of NHS England’s Delivery plan for recovering access to primary care, which includes £240m funding for GPs to make technological improvements.

Some changes could be in place as early as September 2023, subject to negotiations with GP and pharmacy bodies.