One-off prescriptions which are not regularly repeated are known as 'acute' prescriptions.
You can ask your chosen pharmacist for advice on minor ailments and if it is appropriate you may be able to buy medicines over the counter without having to see the doctor.
If you feel it is more appropriate to see the doctor, or if the pharmacist advises you to make a GP appointment, your doctor may prescribe, refer you to another health care professional - or may decide to offer no prescription at all.
If you are sure that your medical problem is minor, the doctor may issue a prescription following a request to him. In certain circumstances, he may invite you to attend the surgery for assessment.
How to order your acute medication
You may request your acute medication in writing via Engage Consult, online or in writing at the practice. Acute prescriptions are always issued at the discretion of the doctor. We require 48 working hours notice for an issue of an acute prescription.
The doctor may decide not to issue a prescription if he feels this is not required or over the counter medication may be cheaper. Advice or alternative treatment may also be recommended.
Over the counter medicines
For self-limiting illness, such as a cold, you can obtain advice and medicines over the counter from a pharmacist.
It is wise to have your medication reviewed periodically. The doctor will need to check that it is still needed or if a change may be advisable. You can also discuss medications with your pharmacist. You should always read the information leaflets provided with medication and advise your doctor if you experience side-effects.