Earlier this year, NW London CCGs engaged with public and stakeholders which has resulted in the following two proposals:
Proposal 1 - Reducing prescribing of medicines and products that can be purchased without a prescription
We would like to spend less on medicines you can buy without a prescription so as to free up funds for other valuable NHS services.
The Abingdon Medical Practice is involved in the ‘Prescribing Wisely’ campaign to try and reduce spending on medicines and to reduce waste. If a medicine you need can be bought without a prescription, your GP may ask if you are willing to buy it. If you are not, it will be prescribed.
This also means that if you require that medicine again you don’t need to make a doctor’s appointment but can get it straight from your community pharmacist, saving both you and the doctor time.
When you buy one of these medicines at a pharmacy, it is worth asking for the least expensive form of the medicine.
Proposal 2 - Reducing waste associated with repeat prescribing
Another aspect of the Prescribing Wisely campaign is to try and reduce the number of medicines that are wasted. Some of this waste can be reduced if people request their repeat prescriptions directly from the surgery, rather than allowing a community pharmacy to request prescriptions on their behalf. Nobody knows which medicines you are really running out of better than you (or your carer).
The groups of people exempted from these proposals are:
- School age children, if the product needs to be given at school.
- Care home residents
- Individuals with funded care packages that require a Carer to administer a medicine or treatment
- Anyone officially declared homeless
- People with a diagnosis of dementia
- People with a diagnosed learning disability
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