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Over the Counter (Self-Care)

Over the counter (OTC) medicines – Prescribing Commissioning Policy and Letter for nurseries and schools

In November 2016, NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, implemented a self-care policy for minor health problems, which says that patients should access advice and purchase such homely remedies as they and their family need rather than being prescribed by their GP or other clinicians. This policy was updated last August 2018 following national guidance, available at:  The policy has been updated again recently in February 2020 to strengthen the key messages including:

NHS Wirral CCG will not fund the prescribing of medicines and treatments for minor, short-term conditions where;
                 o Self-care is the most appropriate route
                 o Medicines and treatments are available to buy over the counter

The current CCG policy can be found at;

To support the continued implementation of this policy, NHS Wirral CCG would like to clarify the interpretation of the current guidance around use of medicines in nurseries and schools. Click here to see the letter which has been circulated to all Wirral nurseries and schools.