NHS guidance on homely remedies
Homely remedies, also known as discretionary medicines, are non-prescription medicines that can be used to treat minor self-limiting health problems. Examples would include mild painkillers such as paracetamol, antacids such as Gaviscon, and laxatives such as lactulose. Homely remedies are generally not used in hospitals, as hospital medication is usually prescribed for inpatients, but some hospitals choose to use them.
Ashtons can provide a pre-printed medication administration record for managing homely medicines in hospitals.
Homely remedies are commonly utilised in care homes, and the NHS has developed guidance for their safe and appropriate use, together with a policy template that could be adapted by care homes and other providers who use homely remedies.