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Public Health Alert

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS Has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. 

what to do if you have symptoms?

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • High temperature
  • New continuous cough

DO NOT come to the surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

You DO NOT need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Please visit the NHS UK site to read the advice about staying at home. - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Use the NHS 111 ONLINE coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your symptoms get worse
  • your symptoms do not get any better after 7 days

The NHS 111 online service can be accessed by visiting:  https://111.nhs.uk/

At the moment from Monday the 16th of March the surgery will be remain open however our doors will be closed. Patients who have planned scheduled appointments will be the only patients allowed to entry to the practice, please use the door bell to indicate arrival.

We would ask all other patients who DO NOT have a scheduled appointment to NOT attend the surgery and to telephone us to allow us to triage your query.

We will continue to communicate with our patients when changes occur in these developing times.

We thank all our patients in advance for your support and patience.

Dr Mallard-Smith and Partners.

Changes to how the NHS prescribes ‘over the counter’ medicines for minor health conditions

NHS England shared information about reducing the prescribing of medicines or treatments that can be bought over the counter.

The information says that stopping the routine prescribing of these medicines will save the NHS around £100 million.

Our Plans in Buckinghamshire

In Buckinghamshire, we spent over £1.5 million in 2017/18 on prescriptions that could have been bought over the counter.

So, we are the reducing the amount we spend on around 35 different medicines and treatments for minor conditions and ilnesses.

These usually sort themselves out without any treatment or by treatments that can be bought over the counter.

We want to free up resources so we can spend them in other areas.

What does it mean for you?

We are asking you to buy the following items yourself. They can be bought quite cheaply from a pharmacy or supermarket:

  • Acne treatment
  • Analgesic/pain relief treatment (short term pain, fever, headache, muscle/joint injury)
  • Anti-fungal treatment (athlete’s foot, oral and vaginal thrush, ring worm)
  • Antiperspirant treatment (excessive sweating)
  • Cold sore treatment
  • Colic treatment
  • Constipation treatment
  • Cough, cold and sore throat treatment
  • Diarrhoea treatment
  • Ear wax remover
  • Eye treatments (Conjunctivitis/ dry eyes)
  • Haemorrhoid (piles) treatment
  • Hayfever treatment
  • Head lice treatment
  • Herbal and complementary treatments
  • Homeopathic preparations
  • Indigestion and heartburn (dyspepsia) treatment
  • Mouth ulcer treatment
  • Nappy rash treatment
  • Scabies treatment
  • Suncream
  • Threadworm treatment
  • Topical steroid treatment (insect bites/stings, contact dermatitis, nappy rash)
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Wart and verruca treatment

You will still be prescribed these medicines if you:

  • Need long term treatment e.g. paracetamol for arthritis
  • When the medication cannot be sold due to the product licensing regulations e.g. steroid nasal sprays for children

Speak to your pharmacist for advice on treating minor problems e.g. coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete’s foot. They will always tell you if you need to see a doctor.

Patients who need these drugs in regular quantities can continue to get them on prescription.

If you visit your GP who then recommends you buy the treatment, please remember they are following national guidance.

NHS choices has lots of information and advice on treating minor health problems with self-care

www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/home-remedies-for-common-conditions/

Find out more about the conditions for which over the counter medicines will no longer be prescribed at:

www.england.nhs.uk/medicines/items-which-should-not-be-routinely-prescribed/

 
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