Patients asked to have their say on changes to prescribing

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The local NHS is calling for patients to find out more about changes to prescribing and to provide their views on the changes before they take place.

From October, GPs will be encouraged by the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland; East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, Leicester City CCG and West Leicestershire CCG, to reduce the number of prescriptions they provide for medicines and treatments that are already available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket.

This means that GPs, nurses and pharmacists will not routinely prescribe certain medicines for some minor health concerns.

People with long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, or with more complex illnesses as well as patients on treatments only available on prescription will not be affected by the changes. The changes will also not apply to those who have found that over-the-counter products haven’t helped and patients who are unable to treat themselves.

The initiative follows national recommendations from NHS England to encourage people to self-care and to reduce the amount of money the NHS spends on medicines which are available to buy for a cheaper cost over the counter. The recommendations can be viewed here.

Patients can ensure that their views are heard and that they are prepared for the changes before they are introduced by taking part in a survey. The survey will run between Monday 30 July 2018 and Sunday 9 September 2018.