As the Bank Holiday weekend approaches, North West Surrey residents are reminded to stock up on any medication they require to stay well. Make sure that your medicine cabinet has all the necessary medicines in the event you or one of your loved ones becomes ill. Cold remedies, paracetamol and ibuprofen, indigestion tablets as well as remedies for constipation and diarrhoea are useful to have at home.

 

If you or someone you care for takes medicines regularly, don’t forget to make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in plenty of time to ensure you have enough medicine.

The GP Extended Access Clinics that are currently available across North West Surrey will continue to be provided over the Easter holiday period. So far, since this extended GP service has been made available, there has been over 2,300 extra GP appointments offered to patients in North West Surrey between Christmas and the end of February 2018.

The survey on the draft joint commissioning intentions 2018/19 is now closed. Thank you to everyone that completed it. All feedback is currently being analysed and will be used to inform the final joint commissioning intentions 2018/19. These will be submitted to the Governing Bodies of the three Surrey Heartlands CCGs (Guildford & Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs CCGs) at the end of March 2018.

NHS England has launched a consultation inviting GPs, clinical commissioning groups, patients and members of the public to comment on whether low-cost items that can be purchased over the counter for common minor ailments should remain available on prescription. The cost to the NHS for items like basic painkillers and eyedrops is estimated at £136m a year.

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