Patients are being asked to "Think Twice" before asking their GP to prescribe over-the-counter medications such as Paracetamol for common or short-term ailments.
Shropshire practices spend £1.3 million on medicines which are easily available to purchase from your local pharmacy or supermarkets. Patients have a responsibility to look after themselves and their children where possible, and manage self-limiting minor ailments with support from their local pharmacy if needed. Please see the link below for further details:
Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
Prescription (per item): £8.60
12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
3-month PPC: £29.10
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
Telephone advice and order line 0300 3301341