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Residents urged to have their say about changes to ‘low priority’ and gluten free prescribing

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is proposing to make changes in relation to an area called ‘low priority prescribing’, in line with many other NHS organisations in Lancashire and nationally.

What this means for residents, is that the CCG proposes to stop the funding of certain types of medicines or treatments that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets.

The types of medicines and treatments that fall into this category include:

  • Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets
  • Treatments where there is little evidence that they have a real clinical benefit, including cough syrups, nasal congestion sprays, sore throat products and vitamin supplements
  • Products that do not require clinical treatment, such as bath/shower products incl. shampoos for dandruff and mild acne creams
  • Gluten free products

In some cases, there will still be exceptions to this, such as the prescribing of these treatments for people with long-term conditions, for babies and children, for breastfeeding mothers or when caring for people at the end of their life.

Before these changes are made, the CCG would like to gather the views of local residents to help ensure that the proposals are sound and the new prescribing policies are appropriate, and also to inform any other information or interventions that may need to put in place.

The CCG’s proposals can be viewed on their website: www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk.

Residents can share their views by completing an online survey: po.st/LowGluten. The survey will close on Friday 24 March 2017 and a feedback report will be published in April.

If you would like to get in touch with the CCG about the survey, obtain a paper copy, require the survey in a different format or anything else in relation to your local health service, please email myview@westlancashireccg.nhs.uk, contact by telephone 01695 588 203 or by post: NHS West Lancashire CCG, Hilldale, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2JW.

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