Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A consultation on guidance for CCGs
NHS England has launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.
In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.
Some over the counter products currently prescribed are quickly and easily available in community pharmacies where the public can also ask for an NHS consultation with a pharmacist if they are unsure about what treatment they need for minor conditions. Find out more and take part in the consultation.
Cervical cancer is diagnosed in nine women every day in the UK and here in Southampton, 67% of the women eligible for cervical screening, which could detect the disease, take up the opportunity to be screened.
As part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week this week, local doctors in Southampton want to raise awareness of the importance of attending your cervical screening test when invited. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 but is largely preventable thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme.
NHS Southampton City CCG can confirm Dr Mark Kelsey has started his new role as its Clinical Chair from this month.
Dr Kelsey takes over from Dr Sue Robinson, who retired from the role at the end of 2017.
Dr Kelsey trained in Southampton and has been a GP in the city since 2005. Since 2013, he has been the CCG’s GP Board lead for communications and engagement and information technology, and for the last two years has served as Deputy Clinical Chair of the Governing Body.
It's not too late to get the flu jab. Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine today.
You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, have a long term health condition, are aged 65 years or over, or are a carer. Children aged 2 – 3 and school children from reception class through to year 4 are also eligible. For full details about who should have the flu jab, visit the NHS Choices website.
For more information on staying well this winter, visit nhs.uk/staywell.
The report into the Hampshire Wheelchair Service Review has now been published. The review was carried out between September 2016 and September 2017 and involved people who use the service, their carers and health professionals who refer their patients to the service.