Changes to prescribing
In summer 2018 Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland asked patients for their views on changes to the prescribing of over the counter medicines before they take place.
From October, GPs will be encouraged to reduce the number of prescriptions they provide for medicines and treatments that are already available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket.
The changes mean GPs, nurses and pharmacists will not routinely prescribe certain medicines for some minor health concerns, including athlete’s foot, dandruff, sunburn, and travel sickness.
More information can be found here.
Urgent care services could be changing
In summer 2018 we announced plans to improve urgent care services in East Leicestershire and Rutland and asked for people’s views to help us understand how the changes might affect patients. We had over 700 responses to the survey during our five-week engagement period. We’re now in the process of analysing people’s feedback and will share further updates in due course. Find out more about the plans here.
Planned care policies
The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland would like to hear the views of local patients about 101 policies that describe when and how non-emergency operations and treatments are carried out.
Some examples of these are hip and knee replacements, operations to correct a cataract, joint injections and varicose vein surgery.
Patients were invited to three events in September 2018 to provide more information and to share their views. You can view the presentation from the event here.
Find out more and share your views with us here.
Treatments for lower back pain
The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland announced in November 2017 that they were introducing more effective care for lower back pain.
The changes, being put into place by the CCGs together with Leicester’s Hospitals, came in response to new guidance that was published in November 2016 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommending how lower back pain should be treated.
As a result of the changes that are being introduced to how the condition is treated, the CCGs began an eight-week period of engagement on 1 November 2017 with patients being treated for lower back pain. The aim was to inform patients of the changes and find out from them how the changes will impact them and what they would find beneficial to treat lower back pain. The engagement has come to an end and the results will now be used to inform the development and refinement of back pain treatment options in the future.
Further information and the lower back pain engagement report is available here.
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