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Future Healthcare Needs for People (15/06/22)


We are asking for your feedback to enable us to plan GP primary care services based on the needs of local people particularly between the hours of 6.30pm and 8pm Mondays to Fridays and between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays.

This would help your practice and the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to prioritise the way we organise and pay for services and help guide Primary Care Network (groups of GPs working together to improve health services) to cope the needs of local people. It will also help us to improve care for the higher numbers of sicker people and the general rise in demand for GP appointments and treatment.

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Following guidelines published by NHS England, the practice has been asked by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups to stop prescribing medicines for minor illnesses which are suitable for self-care and are available to purchase over the counter. This includes medications such as antihistamines, eye drops and nasal sprays used to treat hay fever.
If you currently have a repeat prescription for one or more medicines used to treat hay fever that are available to buy over the counter without a prescription. We wish to inform you that these medicines have been removed from your repeat medication list. Should you request any of these items in the future you will be asked by the practice team to purchase them instead of obtaining a prescription.

The team at Groby Road Medical Centre are committed to providing the most evidence based and cost effective prescribing for our patients. By asking people to buy medicines for minor ailments over the counter we can use NHS resources wisely and also free up valuable GP and nurse time which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs. If more patients choose to self-care the NHS could potentially save around £136m every year. A recent public engagement exercise showed that the majority of people agreed with buying medications over the counter for minor or self-limiting conditions.

Should you require further information about minor ailments and self-care please ask your community pharmacist
Or for specific advice around hay fever visit the NHS website:
If at any time you are concerned about your condition please speak to either your community pharmacist or contact the surgery.



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