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Please don’t ask your doctor for everyday medicines

People in Norfolk and Waveney are being urged not to ask their doctor for everyday medicines like paracetamol as part of a new campaign.

GPs have been asked to stop prescribing ‘over the counter medicines’ unless in exceptional clinical circumstances. Instead, people are being encouraged to buy them at a pharmacy or shop so that the NHS can spend the money it would otherwise cost on other, more clinically serious, areas of healthcare. If more people self-care for minor ailments, it could also free up important appointment time at GP practices.

For more details read the press release

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Campaign Poster

Prioritisation of meds Poster

Factsheet

You can also follow the campaign on twitter @YourMED_YourNHS using hashtags #selfcare and #askyourpharmacist