Prescribing policies

In 2016, the CCGs in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston (central Lancashire) made some changes in relation to an area called ‘low priority prescribing’ in line with many other NHS organisations across the country.

The funding of certain types of medicines or treatments that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets stopped.

The types of medicines and treatments that fall into this category include:

  • Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets.
  • Treatments where there is little evidence that they have a real clinical benefit, including cough syrups, nasal congestion sprays, sore throat products and vitamin supplements.
  • The prescription of gluten free foods

In some cases there will still be exceptions to this, such as the prescribing of these treatments for people with long term conditions, for babies and children, for breastfeeding mothers or when caring for people at the end of their life.


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You can access our full range of prescribing policies, including the Prescribing for clincal need V2 policy, as well as FAQS and survey results by visiting our Document Store*. 

If you have any enquiries about these policies, please contact our customer care team by calling 01772 214602 or 01772 214601 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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