Many excellent and important medicines are available Over The Counter (OTC) at pharmacies. They do not not need to be prescribed by a Doctor and indeed you can save yourself a lot of money as many are cheaper than the Prescription Charge. Pharmacists are highly trained in giving sensible advice about self-help for minor illness, please ask them or take a look here.
Recent changes in the NHS mean that your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not necessarily prescribe medications, probiotics and some vitamins and minerals that are available for purchase over the counter.
For more information on these changes and why they have occurred, please click here.