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From 1 October 2018, you might not be able to receive a prescription to treat minor illnesses and ailments, where treatments are already available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket. This is because:

 - There is little or no evidence that a prescribed treatment will clear the condition

 - Your condition will clear up on its own (known as a self-limiting condition)

 - You can treat the condition yourself by buying medication from a pharmacy or supermarket

These minor illnesses and ailments are:

1.  Conjunctivitis                
2.  Cradle Cap – infants   
3.  Dandruff                                         
4.  Diarrhoea (Adults)                  
5.  Dry Eyes/Sore tired Eyes       
6.  Earwax                                
7.  Excessive sweating               
8.  Haemorrhoids                        
9.  Head Lice                             
10. Indigestion and Heartburn     
11. Infrequent Constipation         
12. Infrequent Migraine               
13. Insect bites and stings           
14. Irritable bowel syndrome       
15. Mild Acne                             
16. Mild contact dermatitis
17. Mild Cystitis
18. Mild Dry Skin/Sunburn
19. Mild to Moderate Hay fever/Allergic Rhinitis
20. Minor burns and scalds
21. Mouth ulcers
22. Nappy Rash       
23. Oral Thrush
24. Prevention of dental caries (tooth decay/cavities)
25. Ringworm/Athletes foot
26. Sleep problems
27. Sun Protection
28. Teething/Mild toothache
29. Threadworms
30. Travel Sickness
31.  Warts and Verrucae

We are also reviewing whether to continue the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme which is where a city patient can have an appointment selected pharmacies to get advice about a minor illness or ailment, and can receive medication without visiting a GP.

This is because:

-      The majority of these appointments take place in one city ward (Spinney Hills) so the demand is low.

-      Currently across the city there are 86 pharmacies, of which 72 are eligible to take part. The scheme is consistently delivered (providing more than 100 consultations per month) by only 10 pharmacies. Of these 10, only two deliver the maximum 170 consultations per month. 40 pharmacies who agreed to join the scheme have not carried out any consultations.

-      From 1st October, it is intended that patients will no longer be able to receive prescriptions from their GP practice for medicines to treat the majority of the conditions included in the Minor Ailments Scheme. By allowing the scheme to continue, we would be giving patients conflicting advice.

If we stop this scheme, you would still be able to get advice from any pharmacist, but you would no longer receive medication free of charge.

This survey will close on Sunday 9th September 2018

In the last 12 months, have you received medication prescribed by your GP practice for any of the following conditions (please tick all that apply):

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* 1. In the last 12 months, have you received medication prescribed by your GP practice for any of the following conditions (please tick all that apply):

 Did you know that you can buy medication for the above conditions without a prescription?

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* 2.  Did you know that you can buy medication for the above conditions without a prescription?

Do you pay for your prescriptions?

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* 3. Do you pay for your prescriptions?

Some over the counter medication (for example; lotion for mild dry skin conditions, eye drops, painkillers and indigestion remedies) are available for you to buy at a considerably reduced cost, in comparison to what it would cost the NHS. Would you be happy paying for over the counter medication to treat short-term illnesses and conditions?

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* 4. Some over the counter medication (for example; lotion for mild dry skin conditions, eye drops, painkillers and indigestion remedies) are available for you to buy at a considerably reduced cost, in comparison to what it would cost the NHS. Would you be happy paying for over the counter medication to treat short-term illnesses and conditions?

Did you know a self-limiting condition is a condition which will clear up on its own without the need for medication?

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* 5. Did you know a self-limiting condition is a condition which will clear up on its own without the need for medication?

Do you agree that medication for self-limiting conditions should not be prescribed by your GP practice?

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* 6. Do you agree that medication for self-limiting conditions should not be prescribed by your GP practice?

If you were suffering from a self-limiting condition or minor illness, where would you go for more information in the first instance?

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* 7. If you were suffering from a self-limiting condition or minor illness, where would you go for more information in the first instance?

If you are aware of any groups of people who may be affected by this change more than others, please tell us which groups below: 

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* 8. If you are aware of any groups of people who may be affected by this change more than others, please tell us which groups below: 

If you are aware of any situations or groups of people where you think some or all of the medicines should still be prescribed, please tell us below:

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* 9. If you are aware of any situations or groups of people where you think some or all of the medicines should still be prescribed, please tell us below:

If you have any particular concerns about any of the conditions listed, please tell us which one and why:

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* 10. If you have any particular concerns about any of the conditions listed, please tell us which one and why:

Please use this space to provide additional comments, to tell us how the changes may affect you or to request any additional information.

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* 11. Please use this space to provide additional comments, to tell us how the changes may affect you or to request any additional information.

The Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme is where a patient in Leicester city can have an appointment in selected pharmacies to get advice about a minor illness or ailment, and can receive medication free of charge without visiting a GP.

Have you ever used the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme?

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* 12. The Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme is where a patient in Leicester city can have an appointment in selected pharmacies to get advice about a minor illness or ailment, and can receive medication free of charge without visiting a GP.

Have you ever used the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme?

We are reviewing whether to continue to provide the Minor Ailments Scheme because:

 - After October 2018, medicines may no longer be routinely prescribed for minor ailments and illnesses.
- The demand for this scheme is low across the city 

If we stop this scheme, you would still be able to speak to any pharmacy for advice about health problems, and they will still be able to offer you medicines to buy over the counter, if appropriate.

What do you think about this proposal?

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* 13. We are reviewing whether to continue to provide the Minor Ailments Scheme because:

 - After October 2018, medicines may no longer be routinely prescribed for minor ailments and illnesses.
- The demand for this scheme is low across the city 

If we stop this scheme, you would still be able to speak to any pharmacy for advice about health problems, and they will still be able to offer you medicines to buy over the counter, if appropriate.

What do you think about this proposal?

Are you are aware of any way in which people may be affected if we stop the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme? If so, please tell us how below:

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* 14. Are you are aware of any way in which people may be affected if we stop the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme? If so, please tell us how below:

Are you responding on behalf of an organisation?

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* 15. Are you responding on behalf of an organisation?

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