New guidance on the administration of over the counter medication

Non-prescription /over the counter (OTC) medication does not need a GP signature/authorisation in order for the school/nursery/child minder to give it.

NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group & NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group are currently about to promote the NHS England guidance which pushes self care even in children. 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 ad-ministered 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.

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/quality-first/manage-inappropriate-workload/prescribing-non-prescription-medication


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Published: 19/07/2018
Audience: Staff working in schools
Contact: Tracey Gaston

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