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:
l Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets.
l 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.
l Products that do not require clinical treatment, such as bath/shower products including shampoos for dandruff and mild acne creams.
l 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 residents to help ensure that the proposals are sound and the new prescribing policies are appropriate and also to learn any other information or interventions that may need to be put in place.
The CCG’s proposals can be viewed on their website: www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/. And residents can share their views by completing an online survey at www.po.st/LowGluten.
The survey will close on Friday, March 24 and a feedback report will be published in April.
Anyone wishing to contact the CCG about the survey and how to obtain a paper copy or anything else in relation to their local health service can email firstname.lastname@example.org, ring 01695 588 203 or write to: NHS West Lancashire CCG, Hilldale, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2JW.