National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) medicines

NICE gives appraisals on the use of new and existing medicines and treatments within the NHS in England and Wales, such as:

  • Medicines
  • Medical devices (for example, hearing aids or inhalers)
  • Diagnostic techniques (tests used to identify diseases)
  • Surgical procedures (for example, repairing hernias)
  • Health promotion activities (for example, ways of helping people with diabetes manage their condition). 

Please follow the A-Z links to the left (technically appraised drugs are listed by condition, and inclusion in the list indicates that these are provided by the Trust).


NICE TA stands for 'NICE Technical Appraisal' - one of the types of guidance developed and published by NICE.

NICE TAs provide guidance for NHS organisations on treatments (including medication) for specific conditions.

Each NHS organisation must be able to show that they provide all treatments as detailed in NICE TAs.

How to access treatment with NICE TA drugs

NICE TA treatment will be made available to all patients who fit the appropriate criteria.

If you would like to know whether you are eligible for treatment with a NICE TA drug, this should be discussed in the first instance with the clinician co-ordinating your care.

Medicines Helpline

The medicines helpline can provide you with information on any aspect of your medication:

Great Western Hospital (GWH) Medicines Helpline
Tel: 01793 605369

Available Monday-Friday, 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Further information

Many hospital clinics and GPs will be able to provide leaflets about treatment options and NICE guidelines.

Please see also the NICE website ( for more details. 


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