School requests to provide notes for OTC medication

  • Template letters

This template letter explains that a GP note is not required to administer over-the-counter medications to children in a school setting.

Following NHS England guidelines, GPs do not routinely prescribe medications to treat the following minor health conditions, therefore schools do not need a GP not to provide them to children:

  • Mild irritant dermatitis
  • Dandruff
  • Dry eyes or sore tired eyes
  • Earwax
  • Excessive sweating
  • Head lice
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Infrequent constipation
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mild acne
  • Mild dry skin
  • Mild to moderate hay fever or seasonal rhinitis
  • Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort or fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Prevention of dental caries
  • Ringworm or athlete’s foot
  • Sunburn due to excessive sun exposure
  • Sun protection
  • Teething or mild toothache
  • Threadworms
  • Travel sickness
  • Warts and verrucae