If you have a common condition that can be treated with a medication that is available to buy over the counter you will be asked to attend your local pharmacy.

You do not need to make an appointment to speak to the pharmacist, just pop in anytime and they will be happy to help you.

Ask the pharmacist for help and advice on the most appropriate medication to relieve your symptoms for:

List conditions agreed in policy e.g.


Heartburn and indigestion (mild)


Mild aches and pains



Head lice (Minor Ailments)



Athlete’s foot



Indigestion and heartburn



Cold sores (Minor Ailments)



Baby Milks





Nappy rash


Coughs, colds and sore throats



Oral health


Diarrhoea (occasional)








Threadworms (Minor Ailments)



Ear wax



Vitamins and minerals



Haemorrhoids (piles)





If at any time you are concerned about your condition or if your symptoms are not improving after a few days of treatment with the over-the-counter medications you should contact the local pharmacist or the surgery for more advice.

For more information visit:

Meadowbridge Policy for Prescribing over the counter medications.

In line with the NI Department of Health and from the 1st May 2017 this practice will not prescribe medicines that can

be purchased over-the-counter by patients when they are being used to treat minor conditions or self-limiting illnesses,

or where there is no evidence base for their use.

This new policy will:

  1. Encourage self-management of minor illnesses and free up GP appointments to treat patients with complex health problems
  2. Increase the money available to the health service to treat more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer
  3. Increase patients’ confidence and feeling of positivity in being able to look after their health
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