Changes to products available on prescription in Calderdale

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recommended that GPs stop routinely prescribing a number of lower value products and branded medicines.

The NHS in Calderdale could save around £300,000 each year by stopping prescribing these self-care treatments, which are widely available to buy, without a prescription, from pharmacies and supermarkets.

These include:

  • Baby milks
  • Infant colic products
  • Vitamin supplements 
  • Emollients (moisturisers) for minor dry skin conditions
  • Cosmetic products, including eflornithine for facial hair
  • Antifungal nail paints
  • Sunscreen products

Click here for more information about this change.

Click here for an information leaflet with advice and FAQ's about this change (PDF, 781KB)

Repeat prescriptions will be issued at the doctors' discretion and are normally for patients on long-term treatment. Requests for repeat prescriptions can be made in writing by post, by e-mail at or online using either the online form or SystmOnline.

Click Here for the Repeat Prescription Request Form.

Please allow 48 weekday hours from request to collection. Where possible, use the tear-off slip attached to your prescription to make a request or ensure you use exact drug names.

Please do not telephone to ask if your prescription is ready since this blocks the phone lines for other patients. We do not accept repeat prescription requests on the telephone unless in an emergency.

SystmOnline. Book, request, register

SystmOnline is also available as an app, which can be used on Apple devices (iPhones and iPads) and on Android devices (mobile phones and tablets). The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and from the Google Play Store. Simply click the relevant logo below.

Available on the App store

Get it on Google Play

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