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27/Feb/2017

 

Treat Yourself And Save Vital Health Service Money

Most minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses can be treated by medicines that can be bought relatively cheaply over the counter from your local community pharmacy or supermarket.

As you know, our Health Service has a limited budget and is coming under increasing pressure.

In Northern Ireland, £9.9 million of Health Service money is spent each year on medicines that GPs prescribe to treat minor health complaints such as coughs, colds and headaches. 

One in every five GP appointments is taken up with people looking for treatment for these conditions. Many of these can be treated faster and just as effectively at home using self-care, saving time and money for everyone.

Spending Health Service money to treat these common conditions reduces the money available to treat more serious conditions, such as heart disease and cancer.

Now that people are living longer, we need to make small changes to the way we spend our budget so we can treat people and ensure they get the best care possible, when they actually need it.

Most minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses can be treated by medicines that can be bought relatively cheaply over the counter from your local community pharmacy or supermarket.

Your local pharmacist can provide advice and help you to manage your illness, so please think before you order a prescription.

GPs have also been asked to encourage patients to buy certain medicines over the counter rather than write a prescription for them. GPs will only do this when they think it is the right thing to do, based on the patient’s medical condition and needs. 

For example, a GP may ask a patient to consider buying paracetamol for occasional headaches as this can be purchased anywhere for less than £1.

Someone requiring regular prescriptions of full-dose paracetamol for chronic pain, however, would not be asked to buy it because of the quantities required and processes involved in managing an on-going illness. 

There are many examples of medication that can be bought over the counter to treat health complaints such as minor aches and pains, athletes foot, cold sores, colic, coughs, colds and sore throats, head lice, hay fever and allergies.

Do you think it is right that people with minor health complaints should be asked to buy this type of medication over the counter?

 


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