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- Lungs, e.g. asthma or COPD
Some people are at higher risk of serious illness, complications or even death if they catch flu, which is why the Department of Health recommends flu vaccination for them.
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Think Twice When Requesting Paracetamol from your GP
South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group currently spend £221,000 each year on all prescribed paracetamol and across the whole of Lincolnshire the amount is in excess of £1.2m.
Patients are being asked to reconsider whether they need to request paracetamol 500mg tablets on prescription for short-term conditions such as colds, flu, headaches and other aches and pains. Every home should have a medicines cabinet, adequately stocked with low cost generic treatments that can be used for the short-term relief of common conditions. A box of 16 paracetamol 500mg tablets can cost less than 30p from a supermarket, healthfood store or community pharmacy.
Many people are prescribed regular paracetamol up to a maximum of four times daily to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief for long-term conditions such as arthritis. This is entirely appropriate and it is not the intention to prevent those people from continuing to receive prescriptions for paracetamol on the NHS.
Patients in South Lincolnshire are being asked not to expect paracetamol to be prescribed for short-term use for minor conditions.
Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG said:
“At a time when the NHS is facing huge financial pressures, providing small quantities of these painkillers on prescription is not an effective use of funds.
“Every time a doctor writes a prescription, the NHS incurs additional charges through dispensing and administrative fees – and if GP time is also included the cost rises even higher.
“These painkillers can be bought from a shop or pharmacy for far less than the price the NHS pays when providing them on prescription. For that reason, we’re asking people to make this choice.
“By doing so they will help us save money that we can then invest elsewhere – to ensure money is spent locally providing care for the patients in South Lincolnshire.
During 3 months of this year, Unused medicines worth £1,929.00 were returned to the surgery. You can help reduce waste by ensuring that you only order what you need, and remember: its ok to tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are not taking any of your medicines.
As part of the NHS GP contract, all patients have now been allocated a named accountable GP.
These have been allocated alphabetically. It does not make any difference to which Dr you see, you can continue to see whichever Dr you prefer!
If your surname begins with A-D and T-Tu your named GP is Dr Amos Ramon
If your surname begins with E-J and Tw-Wa your named GP is Dr Helen King
If your surname begins with K-Ri and We-Wi your named GP is Dr M Ramana
If your surname begins with Ro-S and Wo-Z your named GP is Dr Sumra Butt
The Lions Den drop in centre which is located next door to the surgery will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am - 12:00pm for people to pop in for a chat, cup of tea or coffee and some company. This is open for everybody!