Non-prescription /over the counter (OTC) medication does not need a GP signature/authorisation in order for the school/nursery/childminder to give it. The guidance now makes it clear that it is appropriate for OTC medicines to be administered by a member
of staff in the nursery or school, or self-administered by the pupil during school hours, following written permission by the parents, as they consider necessary.
It is a misuse of GP time to take up an appointment just to acquire a prescription for a medicine wholly to satisfy the needs of a nursery/school.
Tracey Gaston, Head of Medicines Optimisation
NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group & NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group