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PRESCRIPTIONS NO LONGER ROUTINELY PRESCRIBED

The NHS spends approx. £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which could be purchased over the counter for a pharmacy. at a lower cost tan that which  would be incurred by the NHS.

In line with guidance from NHS  England the Brighton & Hove and High Weald Lewes Havens CCGs are recommending GPs will no longer routinely prescribe medicines for common conditions which can be bought over the counter. For more information please see link :

https://www.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/sites/btnccg/files/Advice%20for%20patients.pdf


THE MENOPAUSE AND HRT

The menopause and HRT has had a lot of mention in the press in the past few weeks. For up to date and in depth information please click on this link to the Women's Health Concern website. This website is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society (BMS). They provide a confidential, independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their gynaecological and sexual health, wellbeing and lifestyle concerns. They offer unbiased information – by telephone, email, printed factsheets, online and through symposia, seminars, meetings and in workshop's such as Living and loving well beyond 40…


SELF REFERRAL FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY INFORMATION

Patients can now self refer for physiotherapy without seeing a GP. Please click on this link for information: 

Physio Self Referral 

To complete the referral form please click: Referral Form


SELF REFERRAL FOR MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION

The Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service provides access to one-to-one talking therapies such as CBT, group therapy e.g. for managing stress and online guided self-help.  Click the link below to fill out a self referral form:

Click: Mental Health Self Referral

Guided Self-Care

Adults experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety can self-refer for guided self-help from a psychological wellbeing practitioner.

Click: Silver Cloud

Mental Health Rapid Response Service

If you feel you are not able to keep yourself safe, and do not need immediate medical assistance, you should contact the Mental Health Rapid Response Service which is able to offer immediate support:

 Call: 03003 040078 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Samaritans

Call: 116 123 (free number) or 01273 772277
Click: Brighton and Hove Samaritans
Visit: Samaritans, Dubarry House, Newtown Road, Hove,BN3 6AE

Sussex Mental Health Helpline

The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals

Call: 03005 000101 (17:00 - 9:00 Monday to Friday and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays)

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.


NHS charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.15
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
  • 3-month PPC: £29.65

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.

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

 
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