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Changes to Prescribing

Over the counter medications

The NHS belongs to everybody, and we all have a responsibility to ensure our NHS money is spent wisely.  You can help by treating minor illnesses at home, for yourself and your family, with the support of your local pharmacist.


In 2018, Wakefield spent £1.2m on over-the-counter self care medicines; nearly £27k of that was at MAYBUSH MEDICAL CENTRE


Over the counter (OTC) medicines for self-care include things like treatments for mild pain relief, cough and cold remedies, and antihistamines for hay fever etc.  You do not need to see a GP for these items as they can be bought from pharmacies and supermarkets without a prescription.  They are also often cheaper this way.  Pharmacists are experts in medicines and you dont need an appointment to see them.

Following a public consultation, MAYBUSH MEDICAL CENTRE will no longer be routinely prescribing the following OTC medicines for the treatment of minor, short-term illnesses and conditions:

  • Sunscreen for skin protection from UV radiation
  • Products for cosmetic use
  • Emollients for dry skin and other minor skin conditions
  • Camouflage products
  • Antihistamines for hay fever
  • Painkillers -  gels, tablets, ointments
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Certain brands of medicine if a suitable generic alternative is available that would be better value for the NHS
  • All gluten free products, soya and thickened baby milk
  • Baby milk for lactose intolerance

More information can be found by clicking here

Thank you for your understanding


Repeat Prescriptions / Medication Reviews


The practice no longer accepts repeat prescription requests from pharmacies on behalf of patients. THIS INCLUDES ANY ONLINE PHARMACIES.  

We do not accept prescription requests over the phone so please order in person at the surgery, by post or online.

All pharmacies are still able to collect your repeat prescription from the surgery once it has been processed and deliver your medicines to you if they offer these services.

Please be assured that we are NOT affiliated to any pharmacy and will not provide your patient details to them.  

On the right hand side of your prescription will be a duplicate of the items you may reorder. Please tear this off and keep it until you need to reorder. You can either post or deliver it to the Practice, clearly ticking which items you require. If you wish to collect your medication from The Pharmacy/Chemist please inform the Receptionist when you re-order.

Please allow 24 hours notice, excluding weekends and bank holidays, for your prescription to be processed. If you are going away on holiday and require your prescription issuing in advance please make sure the Prescription Clerk is aware of this.  Any problems please telephone the surgery.

At some point it will be necessary for your repeat medication to be reviewed. This can be done via an appointment at the surgery. Any medication reviews undertaken over the telephone are at the discretion of the doctor.

Useful telephone numbers

  • Belle Isle Pharmacy 01924 382030
  • Cohens Pharmacy 01924 255273
  • Kingfisher Chemist 01924 291898
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