Plan ahead for repeat prescriptions at Christmas time

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, so Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG are reminding patients to plan ahead and ensure their prescriptions and medications are sorted out soon. This is especially important if the winter weather means it’s harder for them to get out and about.

Sati Ubhi, Chief Pharmacist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said, “As we all get ready for the Christmas holidays the last thing on your mind might be checking you have enough of your usual medication to last you over the festive time.

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Local NHS reveals the cost of prescribing basic medicines

As part of Self-Care Week (14-20 November) health chiefs in Cambridgeshire have revealed they spend £1.5million on prescribing pain relief medication for patients, who could have bought painkillers from pharmacies or supermarkets.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have also revealed they spend £1.2 million to treat upset stomachs, £550,000 on antihistamines for hayfever and £320,000 to treat heartburn and indigestion. All of these medicines can be bought at local pharmacies or supermarkets for less than it costs the NHS to prescribe.

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Extended 111 service will help those in mental health crisis

People living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will now be able to access a new mental health team when they dial 111.

The new pilot scheme is being launched on Monday, 19 September by mental health and community care provider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

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School’s back so time to swot up on keeping children healthy

As children across the county return to school this week, the local NHS are reminding parents and carers that lots of minor conditions can be treated at home with over the counter medications or with advice from a local pharmacist.

Starting school or returning for the new school year brings lots of children together again and with it, lots of bugs and germs. Coughs, colds and sore throats can all be common especially as the weather gets colder. But everyone has a role to play in keeping healthy and looking after the NHS by using services properly

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Local NHS urges residents to use the right service for their ailments

Residents in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are asked to consider whether they could use a alternative services to A&E, as the county’s A&E departments are very busy today.

Health chiefs at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding local residents that there are plenty of NHS services available to patients from pharmacies to GPs, minor injury units to looking after themselves at home, there are lots of choices which are better than using A&E if it’s not a serious or life-threatening injury or condition.

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GPs can treat a multitude of illnesses and injuries to help you on your way back to good health – Dr Emma Tiffin

MyStoryGPET1GPs can treat a multitude of illnesses and injuries to help you on your way back to good health. If further treatment or investigation is required, GPs will refer you to specialists. Here, to help you Choose the right service, Cambridgeshire GP, Doctor Emma Tiffin, gives examples of two separate patients who visited her practice recently.

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