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Please click here to read our Summer/Autumn Newsletter.

Dr Pooley and Dr Cook have now retired. Please be assured that all of our other GPs have access to your full medical records and will be able to help you.

Our next Saturday Flu Clinic is on Saturday 3rd November 2018 9am to 11.45am - No appointment necessary

We are now a Parkrun Practice which means we support our local Parkrun and recognise its positive impact on health and wellbeing. If you are not familiar with Parkrun please click here and watch this video:

As a practice, we will be having a Parkrun takeover on October 20th at Northallerton. Our staff will be volunteering and we are encouraging both staff and patients to take part. Please click here for more information:

Parkrun Northallerton

Guidance on conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care

NHS England recently carried out a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor, short-term health concerns.

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

These prescriptions include items for a condition:

  • That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;
  • Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.

Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals as items of limited clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.

NHS England partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to carry out a consultation after CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwarranted variation. Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: 

Items of limited clinical effectiveness


 Vitamins and minerals

Self-Limiting Conditions

Acute Sore Throat

 Infrequent cold sores of the lip

 Conjunctivitis

 Coughs and colds and nasal congestion

 Cradle Cap (Seborrhoeic dermatitis – infants)

 Haemorrhoids

 Infant Colic

 Mild Cystitis

Minor Conditions Suitable for Self- Care

Mild Irritant Dermatitis

 Dandruff

 Diarrhoea (Adults)

 Dry Eyes/Sore tired Eyes

 Earwax

 Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

 Head Lice

 Indigestion and Heartburn

 Infrequent Constipation

 Infrequent Migraine

 Insect bites and stings

 Mild Acne

 Mild Dry Skin

 Sunburn due to excessive sun exposure

 Sun Protection

 Mild to Moderate Hay fever/Seasonal Rhinitis

 Minor burns and scalds

 Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever. (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain

Mouth ulcers

 Nappy Rash

 Oral Thrush

 Prevention of dental caries

 Ringworm/Athletes foot

 Teething/Mild toothache

 Threadworms

 Travel Sickness

 Warts and Verrucae

Seek advice from your local community pharmacist, instead of making an appointment with your GP.

Details of your local pharmacy and their opening times can be found at:

Remember no appointment is necessary to see a pharmacist.

If the pharmacy is closed, contact NHS 111 by dialling 111.

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