NHS minor ailments scheme

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by nitram, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    North Manchester
    Following on from some posts in Izzy's thread about this scheme which allows people who don't pay prescription charges to obtain a range of medications free from pharmacists I had a look at what is in it for the NHS and found these rather eye watering statistics which I thought might be of interest.

    The estimate comes from an analysis of research findings[1], released by the RPS on 19 October 2014. These suggest that the cost of treating a patient for a minor ailment, such as a cough or sore throat, is £29.30 in a community pharmacy but nearly five times higher (£147.09) in a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department and nearly three times higher (£82.34) if the same patient is seen by a GP.
    http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.c...heme-could-help-save-nhs-1bn/20066912.article

    Somebody getting free Imodium under this scheme would appear to cost the NHS £29.30 but that is less than £82.50 via the GP or £147.09 via A&E.

    Not all pharmacists participate in the scheme and aliments covered may change according to the CCG involved.

    For reference the ailments covered by my CCG are:-

    • athletes foot
    • constipation
    • cough
    • cystitis
    • diarrhoea
    • earache
    • fever
    • hay fever/allergic rhinitis/allergies
    • head lice
    • indigestion
    • insect bites/stings
    • mouth ulcers
    • sore throat
    • sprains/strains
    • teething
    • threadworm
    • upper respiratory tract infection
    • vaginal thrush
    • verrucas
    • warts

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    Admn/mods feel free to move if not in correct sub forum, I thought it was of wider interest than members only tea room.
     
  2. WILLIAMR

    WILLIAMR Account Closed

    Apr 12, 2014
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    I know A & E is overloaded but a wider family member suddenly found breathing getting more difficult basically because of mucus caused by a cold.
    As he was by himself that night and he lives very close to A & E he decided to go there as a precaution.
    All A & E told him to do was to take paracetamol and to get a few hours of sleep.
    A medic may be able to say he wasted the time of A & E but he is not a medic.

    William
     

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