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.

You can read the prescribing for clinical need policy here (pdf 367KB). Some question and answers (PDF file 152KB) about this new policy are also available. 

You can read the prescribing of gluten free food policy here (pdf 148KB). Some question and answers (PDF file 247KB)  about this new policy are also available. 

PDF versions of an infographic relating to the changes made at that time are available to download:

Low priority prescribing survey results - infographic report (PDF file, 910KB) 

Gluten free survey results - infographic report (PDF file, 875KB) 

You can access the Central Lancashire net formulary online. The current antibiotic formulary and shared care guidelines are also available.