Self Care (Over the Counter) Resources

Folder Self Care (Over the Counter) Resources

Self Care OTC campaign and other self help guides

Self-limiting conditions are illnesses or conditions which will either resolve themselves without medical intervention or which have no long-term harmful effect on a person’s health. Minor ailments are uncomplicated conditions which can be diagnosed and managed without medical intervention.

Mid Essex CCG considers funding of medicines for minor ailments and self-limiting conditions and self-care to be a patients’ personal responsibility. All patients, regardless of where they live, should be able to access and purchase such medicines.

We ask mid Essex GPs not to prescribe OTC medicines where it is reasonable and appropriate for patients to obtain low-cost OTC medication direct from pharmacies, in line with advice from the GMC.

The resources below are to support  practices and patients and to encourage self-care.



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pdf Prescribing of Medicines available for purchase Over the Counter Patient FAQ August 2017 (revised March 2018) ( pdf, 241 KB ) (3111 downloads) Popular
pdf Self care No prescription required Template March 2017 ( pdf, 91 KB ) (2480 downloads) Popular
pdf Over The Counter Poster/Flyer ( pdf, 564 KB ) (3075 downloads) Popular
Image Over The Counter Social Media Graphic ( jpg, 2.55 MB ) (2761 downloads) Popular
pdf OTC GP Desk Stand ( pdf, 75 KB ) (2420 downloads) Popular
pdf Warts and verrucas Self help patient information leaflet 2018 ( pdf, 303 KB ) (6017 downloads) Popular
pdf Emollients quick reference guide **Updated Jan 2019** ( pdf, 337 KB ) (25853 downloads) Popular
pdf Emollients Guidelines **Updated Jan 2019** ( pdf, 386 KB ) (4980 downloads) Popular
pdf Prescribing of medicines OTC list ( pdf, 307 KB ) (2691 downloads) Popular
pdf Dry eyes management guidelines and prescribing position statement MSE MOC Oct 2021 *Updated* ( pdf, 206 KB ) (5646 downloads) Popular
pdf Dry Eyes - patient information leaflet January 2019 ( pdf, 408 KB ) (3188 downloads) Popular
document Dry eyes Patient FAQ January 2019 ( docx, 258 KB ) (2746 downloads) Popular
pdf Focus on ear wax August 2019 ( pdf, 320 KB ) (1817 downloads) Popular
pdf Indigestion prescribing guidelines October 2019 ( pdf, 406 KB ) (5698 downloads) Popular
pdf Indigestion patient information leaflet October 2019 ( pdf, 396 KB ) (2927 downloads) Popular
pdf My health & wellbeing matters - Patient Information Leaflet ( pdf, 161 KB ) (450 downloads) Popular
pdf Prescribing medicines that are available for purchase (self care) ( pdf, 475 KB ) (355 downloads) Popular