DOWN AT THE DOCTORS
Following a public consultation across Hertfordshire we are no longer able to routinely write prescriptions for medicines that you can buy yourself; it is estimated that this costs £6 million a year just for Hertfordshire. These items include antifungal creams for athletes foot and thrush, antihistamines and other hay fever remedies (such as nasal sprays and eye drops), treatment for head lice, Indigestion remedies such as Gaviscon, Cold sore treatments, painkillers including Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Co-Codamol. For more information, there are leaflets at the surgery plus information on our website. Some of you may already have received a leaflet with your repeat medications if they include one or more of these items.
Obviously, as GP’s we are able to override this for certain patients but this has been a National initiative to try and reduce the overall cost of the NHS drug bill.
As a surgery we didn’t really see very much Influenza this winter, perhaps because of our flu jab uptake levels. The effectiveness of the vaccine has been questioned, for the 2nd year in a row, so next winter we will have the “Flu-plus” vaccine available for all those over 65yrs. It was initially for 75+ but the recommendations have been changed once already and will no doubt be altered again before September comes (a song by Green Day I believe!)
Many thanks to all of you who came to watch me make a complete fool of myself in the Little Hadham pantomime this year, with the MH parish magazine editor ever present as our prompt (not that I needed one, of course!) It would seem that everybody had a good time but we did save the best for last when Colin Brookbanks made a cameo appearance in the final performance and brought the house down (well, it is made of straw!)
Dr Paul Haimes