Join us for our Christie at Oldham Open Day and Tour – 8th June 2019

The Royal Oldham Hospital is inviting local residents and trust members to join them for a free open day and behind the scenes tour of The Christie at Oldham.


This free event is one of a series of Medicine for Members events, which are intended to give local residents an insight into key elements of the hospital’s daily work.


The Christie at Oldham open day will take place on Saturday 8th June, 9am – 12noon in The Christie Centre, which is based at The Royal Oldham Hospital.


The event will give delegates the opportunity to find out more about the services provided at The Christie. It will cover the medical provision available, tell delegates how treatment is planned and delivered, provide details about complementary and support services available on site, and will give people the opportunity to go behind the scenes to view the equipment and technology close up.


The Christie at Oldham was the first in a unique network of Christie radiotherapy centres, where patients are able to access first class radiotherapy treatment from Christie experts closer to home. Since it opened in March 2010, the centre has expanded its services enormously, increasing access and support available for local patients.


The centre now treats between 90-100 patients per day from the local area including patients from Bury, Middleton, North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside and further afield. It treats patients with a large range of cancers, with more rare and complex cancers still treated at the main Christie site in Withington, South Manchester.


Julie Davies, Lead Radiographer at The Christie at Oldham, said: “Engaging with the local community is of great importance to staff at the centre and key to informing the public about the work that The Christie does. We are continually striving to improve our service and the quality of care our patients receive, and we welcome the opportunity to invite people through our doors.


“So many people have supported the centre since we opened in 2010, and as we approach our 10th birthday, it would be wonderful to see old friends and new. Even if you’ve previously taken a tour, please come and visit us anyway. We would like to welcome you to the centre, update you on how we are continuing to improve services and show our thanks for all the support that has been given over the years.”


Everyone is welcome to join The Christie team at this free event on Saturday 8th June, 9am – 12noon. To book your place, please call: 0161 918 7700 or and state how many places you would like to book.


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Find out how research improves patient care in the NHS

Local residents and Trust members can find out how research improves diagnosis, care and treatment for patients in the NHS at a free talk at Fairfield General Hospital.

The event is one of a series of Medicine for Members sessions, which are aimed at giving an insight into key elements of the hospital’s daily work.

It will take place on Tuesday 21 May from 2-3pm in the Auditorium at Fairfield General Hospital’s Education Centre.

Among the speakers will be Professor Jimmy Limdi, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Fairfield General, who has an international reputation for his research to help improve the lives of people with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. He will explain why research into these conditions is so essential and how it can make a huge difference to patients’ lives.

Research Nurse Dawn Johnstone will talk about her involvement in one specific trial and how the results from this trial have ultimately led to better treatments for patients with prostate cancer.

And Professor Steve Woby, Director of Research Operations, will explain how research is an everyday part of every NHS specialty and why he wants to see more patients involved.

The event is free and open to all, but we do ask you to reserve your place by emailing or calling 01706 517302. Please also let us know if you have any special requirements.

Northern Care Alliance invests £2.9m in new radiology equipment

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) has invested £2.9 million in new CT and mammography equipment for its radiology department in Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester.

The NCA brings together five hospitals, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community services, and over 17,000 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Patients who attend for a Computerised Tomography scan (CT scan) at The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and at Rochdale Infirmary will all benefit from the recently installed modern CT scanners.

A CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around the body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body.

CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays and are used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical and surgical treatment.

In addition to this new investment in CT scanners, patients with breast problems attending breast clinics at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital will now benefit from the recent installation of new state of the art mammography equipment.

The Breast Centres at both hospitals offer symptomatic breast imaging. Patients are normally referred to the clinics due to a breast lump, or because of another symptom such as ongoing pain or discharge.

Paul Barker, senior directorate manager for radiology and neurophysiology, at The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said:

“This significant investment in new CT and mammography equipment at our Oldham, Bury & Rochdale and North Manchester Care Organisations will make a huge difference to the quality of care patients attending our radiology and Breast Centres receive. Patients across the North East sector of Greater Manchester who attend our hospitals can now rest assured that our staff will be treating them with state of the art technology.”

About the CT scanners
Both Fairfield General and Rochdale Infirmary have purchased the Aquilion Prime SP CT Scanner. The Royal Oldham has installed an Aquilion One Genesis CT Scanner.

Both the Aquilion Prime SP CT Scanner and the Aquilion One Genesis CT Scanner are manufactured by Canon Medical and feature VISION optic filters and SEMAR (Single Energy Metal Artefact Reduction).

SEMAR utilises a reconstruction technique to reduce metal artefact, improving visualisation of implants, supporting bone and the adjacent soft tissues for a clearer confident diagnosis.

VISION optic filters provide superior image quality with low radiation dose for every patient from pediatric to bariatric.

Further to this, the Aquilion One Genesis CT Scanner has the capabilities to scan a heart in a single rotation allowing patients to have cardiac CT with higher heart rates.

About the mammography equipment

The North Manchester General has installed two Hologic Selenia 2 Dimensions 2D Mammography Systems with the Affirm stereotactic breast biopsy system.

The Royal Oldham has installed a Hologic Selenia 2 Dimensions 2D Mammography System and a 3 Dimensions 3D Mammography System (otherwise known as a breast tomosynthesis system) again with the Affirm stereotactic breast biopsy system.

Tomosynthesis is an advanced form of mammography that uses a low-dose x-ray system and computer reconstruction to create three-dimensional images of the breasts. Breast tomosynthesis can aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast disease and is particularly beneficial for women with dense breast tissue.

Pictured at The Royal Oldham Hospital (left to right): Leonardo Borges De Souza, Radiographer, Colin Murray, Account Manager for Canon Medical Systems Ltd, Stephen Green, Radiology Project Manager, James King, Project Manager for Canon Medical Systems Ltd, Paul Barker, Senior Directorate Manager for Radiology and Neurophysiology, Maju Choudhury, Radiographer and Angela Keeney, Support Worker

Join us for our free Endometriosis Talk – 8th May 2019

The Royal Oldham Hospital is inviting local residents and trust members to join them for a free talk to find out more about endometriosis.

The free talk is one of a series of Medicine for Members events, which are intended to give local residents an insight into key elements of the hospital’s daily work.

The endometriosis talk will take place on Wednesday 8th May, 2pm – 3pm in the Education Centre at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

The session will be led by Lead Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Gaity Ahmad. It will look at what endometriosis is, why it is the leading cause of pelvic pain and how it can be effectively treated.

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Endometriosis can affect women of any age, but it is most common in women in their 30s and 40s. It’s a long-term condition that can have a significant impact, but there are treatments that can help.

Endometriosis is the leading cause of pelvic pain and affects nearly 1.5 million women in the UK. There can often be a delay in diagnosing the condition of up to 7.5 years, as many women tend to suffer in silence with period pains and generalised pelvic pain. It can be difficult to diagnose endometriosis because the symptoms can vary considerably, and many other conditions can cause similar symptoms. Figures show that one in ten women with pelvic pain are eventually diagnosed with endometriosis.

Dr Ahmad’s talk will look at how the multi-disciplinary endometriosis service at The Royal Oldham Hospital operates and how women can access the service by asking their GP to refer them to the Endometriosis Centre.

To book your place, please contact Angela Greenwood, Membership and Public Engagement Manager on: 01706 517302 or by e-mail:

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On Our Wavelength: Arts-based Radiotherapy initiative returns to Oldham Library this Saturday

What’s it like to undergo radiotherapy for cancer? How does it affect you and those around you?

Combining creative arts and personal stories of cancer treatment, arts-based initiative Radiotherapy and Me returns to Oldham Library 11am – 4pm this Saturday (13 April), with their latest event On Our Wavelength.

Oldham residents are invited to experience real-life stories of radiotherapy told through visual arts, spoken word and poetry at a free event with local patients and health researchers. Artists from the Manchester-based arts and theatre organisation Contact will also be on hand to help you tell your own story on the day.

Launched in January 2019, the project has led a number of creative workshops to help local people who have experienced radiotherapy, either as a patient, friend or family member, to share their stories in different ways, raise awareness of radiotherapy as a modern treatment for cancer, and overcome any fears and anxieties around it.

Led by The Public Programmes Team, radiotherapy researchers at the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), and creative practitioners Nathaniel Hall and Lara Veitch, herself a former radiotherapy patient, this latest workshop will showcase stories from previous participants and offer new visitors the chance to take part themselves.

WATCH – videos from previous sessions

Jackie Walsh participated in the previous workshops and is a former radiotherapy patient at The Christie centre at The Royal Oldham Hospital. She said:

“At the start of the project, I was way out of my comfort zone. I don’t really see myself as an arts and crafts type but I’ve really enjoyed this and I’ve also benefited from hearing everyone else’s stories.”

“I hope that our stories will take away the fears that people may have about the treatment. It’s good for people to hear about radiotherapy from people who have experienced it as well as the health professionals.”

Professor Ananya Choudhury, Chair and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology at The Christie, runs radiotherapy clinics at The Royal Oldham Hospital. She said:

“Radiotherapy is a vital treatment – around half of cancer patients who are cured receive radiotherapy as part of their treatment.  We want to raise awareness of radiotherapy, as well as the research we are doing to improve the treatment’s benefits and minimise side effects.”

“We believe a really powerful way to engage people is through the first-hand stories of patients who have received radiotherapy.”

The session is open to all and refreshments will be available. There is no need to book in advance.

Information about the event:

Date: Saturday 13 April 2019

Time: 11am – 4pm

Venue: Oldham Library, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL

Cost: Free

Event Contact:


Phone: 0161 276 6614 / 07816 447 520


Twitter: @ResearchDialog

Facebook: Public Programmes Team

Greater Manchester to help thousands of residents to stay in work through pioneering new approach to reducing the risks of ill health

Thousands of Greater Manchester residents whose health makes it hard for them to work will benefit through a ground-breaking new service launched today by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP).

Working Well Early Help is the first programme of its kind in the country. It brings doctors, employers, individuals and support services together in partnership to take early action to help residents with ill health at a crucial point when they are starting to be at risk of falling out of employment or newly out of work.

Backed by England’s largest ever NHS investment in local employment support, as well the European Social Fund, the £8 million scheme aims to change how health and employment services work together.

Adults of all ages across Greater Manchester who are experiencing poor health can receive up to six months of individually tailored advice and support from a dedicated caseworker to help them back to good work. This will typically include health, wellbeing and lifestyle advice; building of confidence and relevant skills and experience; and help to make changes at work or find suitable new employment.

It is estimated that 150,000 Greater Manchester residents are out of work due to their health – making up almost 2/3 of unemployed adults in the city region. For people aged 50 to 64 in particular, ill-health is the main barrier to work.

Early support, as offered by the new service, can be critical to people’s future prospects. Only one in five people get back to work after being off for six months, and after two years someone is more likely to die or retire than ever return to work.

Impacts of unemployment can include poorer general health, worsened mental health, increased likelihood of dying earlier, decreased physical activity and greater alcohol and tobacco consumption.

The recent Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review highlighted the costs of health-related unemployment to the city region. Local adults with long-term health conditions are nearly 13% less likely to be in work. The review concluded that health and social care are key to boosting productivity, spreading prosperity and tackling disadvantage across Greater Manchester.

The new scheme will particularly benefit people working in, and running, small and medium sized enterprises. Such SMEs – which are estimated to make up over 99% of Greater Manchester’s businesses – are often unable to afford traditional occupational health services. Working Well Early Help aims to fill this gap.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Greater Manchester’s executive lead for population health, Sarah Price, launched the initiative at a special roundtable event at Oldham Library. They were joined by Richard Cienciala, deputy director of the Joint Work and Health Unit at the Department of Health and Social Care / Department for Work and Pensions, local people who have found themselves struggling in work or losing their job because of their health, and some of the frontline staff who will now be supporting thousands of residents facing the same situation.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “Our new Working Well Early Help programme is another example of how we are doing things differently in Greater Manchester and is another step forward for our ground-breaking Working Well programme. This pioneering new programme will allow us to act quickly to support those at risk of losing their job due to ill-health.  This will make a real difference and could transform the prospects of thousands of residents facing long-term unemployment because of their health.”

Sarah Price, executive lead for population health in Greater Manchester, said: “Being able to work is vitally important to the health, wealth and wellbeing of our residents, and to our city-region as a whole. It is a tragedy that people who fall out of employment because of their health can soon end up more likely to die or retire than ever get back to work. Our new Working Well Early Help programme is tackling this significant challenge head-on, by providing early support to thousands of people before long-term unemployment and its most serious consequences take hold.”

Cllr Sean Fielding, Oldham Council leader and Greater Manchester portfolio lead for employment and skills, said “Statistics show that in Greater Manchester residents with long-term health conditions are more likely to be out of work than in other parts of the country. That is why we are supporting this new service which offers people the support they need to stay in or return to work. The free service works in a holistic way, providing person-centred, tailored support to each individual. I would recommend anyone with a disability or health condition who is either struggling at work and currently on sick leave or newly unemployed to contact the service.”

The Working Well Early Help service builds on Greater Manchester’s family of highly successful Working Well programmes, which has so far assisted more than 20,000 longer-term unemployed people with health conditions to move towards work.

The initiative is being delivered by MAXIMUS Healthworks, in a partnership between MAXIMUS and north west-based social enterprise Pathways Community Interest Company. Together they have provided decades of specialist health, wellbeing and disability support. Its impacts will be evaluated by the city region’s Salford University and Sheffield Hallam University.


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Results of the Adult Social Care consultation

In December 2018, we contacted 4,962 existing users of adult social care services, to ask for views on their current experience with the service. Residents of Oldham were also invited to share their views on Adult Social Care Services. We received 337 responses.

Below is a summary of the key findings of the responses received from existing users of the service, who agreed to their replies being used.

As a result of the consultation we are making the following changes:

  • A new resource allocation system is being implemented in April. This takes into account the social care expert view.
  • Additional information and advice is being added to the Oldham Cares website, and an information pack about services is being printed
  • The Care and Support Plan is being updated to include information identified as important o service users

Contacting the service for the first time:

  • Majority (50%) of referrals into the service came from GPs or other health professionals
  • 42% contacted the service because the people they care for needed services
  • 33% contacted the service to find out if they were eligible for services
  • 38% said no improvement was required to first contact
  • We supported people to
  • Self-care (71%)
  • Rehabilitate after an illness (55%)
  • Access their local community (55%)
  • Access voluntary sector services (57%)

Assessing social care needs

  • 71% of assessment were completed face-to-face
  • 83% were able to fully or partially understand their needs assessment
  • 100% said the assessment should cover their view
  • 97% said the assessment should include the carers view
  • 82% said it should include their cultural needs
  • 76% were happy with the outcome of their assessment

Calculating personal budgets

  • 92% agreed that the assessor should explain how their personal budget is calculated
  • 92% agreed that resources should be allocated fairly and consistently
  • 41% agreed that the Social Care assessor explained how their Personal Budget was calculated, but 31% could not remember
  • 77% of people felt that a personal budget should be calculated using a combination of social worker professional judgement and using a resource allocation system

Care and support plan

  • 71% agreed of strongly agreed that their care and support plan was easy to understand
  • 83% felt that the plan should tell them how much money they have to meet their social care needs
  • 83% felt that the plan should tell them how much they have to pay towards services
  • 59% were happy with the amount of time taken to get their care and support in place from first contact
  • People responded that it would be useful to include the following in their plan:
  • Key contact details of people involved in delivering their support
  • Contingency plan based on risk
  • Details of free care and support
  • Their signature and their assessor’s signature


When reviewing the care and support plan, the following were identified as important to users of the service:

  • Timeliness
  • Identified needs and outcomes clearly
  • Easy to understand
  • Focuses on the service user view (not the professional)
  • Completed with a worker they know

Oldham agrees pioneering contract on first ever International Social Prescribing Day

Oldham agrees pioneering contract on first ever International Social Prescribing day

Oldham Cares* has awarded a three-year contract to a local consortium of Voluntary and Community organisations to create a Social Prescribing Innovation Partnership arrangement – thought to be one of the first for the public sector in England.

This will see Action Together CIO, as the lead organisation, working with consortium charity partners Age UK Oldham, Positive Steps and Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind, to build upon the social prescribing across the borough.

Social Prescribing is a vital part of our Thriving Communities programme which is already helping residents to make good life choices to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare and take greater control – helping them to get the right help, at the right time, in the right place.

It prescribes social and community activities to patients who don’t need pills, connecting them instead to local community services, groups and opportunities, reducing social isolation and improving mental and physical health.

Oldham Cares encouraged bidders to work together to form consortium bids so they could develop an effective borough-wide Social Prescribing Network with social value and residents’ needs at its heart.

Initial elements of such a network have already been developed and delivered in the Oldham West cluster area.

This Innovation Partnership will now work with Oldham Cares Alliance partners and the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector to co-design, establish and deliver social prescribing across the borough.

Sean Fielding, Oldham Council Leader, said: “We’re delighted to mark the first-ever International Social Prescribing Day by showing how Oldham is leading the way at a national level on this crucial agenda.”

“What’s fundamentally different about this approach is that this contract gives our local consortium the flexibility to work with partners and residents to fix and support local needs and arrangements across the wider health and social care system, rather than us stipulating and fixing what the required service is at the outset.

“A one-size-fits-all health and care system cannot adequately tackle the increasing complexity of people’s needs and expectations, so this approach enables our Innovation Partnership to come up with flexible solutions in each area, focussing groups around primary care providers, constantly iterating and improving the delivery of the service, and also having a social value focus that creates opportunities for residents as part of that process.”

“This is about us all in Oldham working cooperatively and flexibly to empower residents to live fitter, healthier lives and make better choices that will measurably help to combat anxiety, social isolation and depression.

“We know that around half of GP appointments aren’t directly related to medical conditions, but by referring people through this network to community facilities and social activities like walking, dancing, gardening and support groups, we can improve health and wellbeing far better than by simply handing out medication.

“Social prescribing has come of age in 2019. It’s an idea whose time has come and I’m delighted that Oldham residents are going to benefit from a truly innovative approach to delivering it.”

Liz Windsor-Welsh CEO of Action Together CIO said “We are delighted to be working together with Age UK Oldham, Positive Steps, Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind, Oldham Council and Oldham Cares Alliance Partners to bring together all our local knowledge and expertise.

“We will create a social prescribing network that quickly and easily connects people in Oldham to activities and support that is available in their local communities. In Oldham we have a strong voluntary and community sector, 37,000 volunteers give 90,000 hours of their time each week to over 1200 community groups and organisations.

“Through the social prescribing network we will continue our work to strengthen this community action and help more people to connect to the fantastic groups and activities across all our communities.”

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*Oldham Cares is the new way health and social care services are working to improve the health and quality of life of Oldham’s patients and residents, and delivering high quality, joined-up health and care services now and in the future.

Local health and social care systems are being brought closer together under the banner ‘Oldham Cares’, as NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group, Oldham Council and a number of their partners and providers – including Bridgewater NHS, MioCare, Northern Care Alliance and Pennine Care Foundation Trust.

Together with the support and co-operation of other partners – including housing providers, employers, local businesses and Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) – Oldham Cares will focus on delivering the greatest and fastest possible improvement in the health and wellbeing of the borough’s residents by 2020.

Oldham couple raise vital funds for Royal Oldham Hospital maternity units

Losing a baby can be one of the toughest things that a parent ever has to face, but one brave couple from Oldham have used the loss of their son Dexter to support other parents on the maternity units at The Royal Oldham Hospital by fundraising with family and friends.

Parents Jessica and Michael Greaves sadly lost their son Dexter when Jessica was 15 weeks pregnant.

Jessica explains: “We sadly lost our baby Dexter when I was 15 weeks pregnant and we couldn’t really understand why he had passed away. The nurses at the hospital were very supportive. It was only when we were discussing our loss and we were trying to come to terms with losing Dexter that one of the nurses recommended that we visit Dexter’s Garden in the hospital grounds.

“We thought that the idea of a baby memorial garden on the hospital grounds was a lovely idea and the fact that it was called Dexter’s Garden really touched us. It’s a really special space, where you can go and have a quiet moment to reflect and remember your child. After hearing about Dexter’s Garden, that spurred Michael and I to show our support for other parents on the maternity units by doing some fundraising.”

Dexter’s Garden is a special baby memorial garden set up for all bereaved families as a quiet space for families to pause, reflect and remember the children they have sadly lost. It was launched at The Royal Oldham Hospital in October 2018 and was set up by Katie Bowker, a Midwife in the Maternity Department. The project is a personal one, which is very close to Katie’s heart, and a tribute to her son Dexter, who passed away shortly after birth in November 2016.

Katie said: “The idea behind Dexter’s Garden is to provide a special place for families who have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy and after birth. My aim was to provide a safe, quiet place for families where they can reflect, mourn and pay tribute to their angel babies – a place that is calm, serene and beautiful.”

The £330 donation raised by Jessica and Michael for the hospital’s maternity units will be used to support families and purchase equipment. It will be split between Ward F1, F2 and Dexter’s Garden.

Support for families affected by the loss of a baby or child is available from SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) at: or by calling: 0808 164 3332. Alternatively, parents can seek confidential bereavement support by contacting The Lullaby Trust at: or by calling: 0808 802 6868.

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Local views sought on NHS England’s recommendation to change routinely prescribed medicines

People in Oldham are being asked to give their views on the recommendation by NHS England to change how some medicines are routinely prescribed.

Last year NHS England completed a national consultation that looked at 33 routinely prescribed treatments that have limited clinical value or for conditions which will eventually get better of their own accord.  On average the NHS spends around £569 million a year on these treatments.

NHS England issued guidance following the consultation that is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Encouraging people to take care of themselves and their families
  • Stopping the prescription of drugs which have limited clinical effectiveness
  • Reducing the prescription of drugs available over the counter for the treatment of minor conditions such as coughs and colds

Each year NHS Oldham CCG spends a significant amount of money on medicines that are available to purchase over-the-counter. Some of this cost relates to prescriptions for patients who have long-term or complex conditions, but a considerable portion is also spent on minor conditions that may be considered suitable for self-care.

Pharmacy First

People with minor ailments can often seek the right care and treatment after being signposted to community pharmacies, or local supermarkets and shops, where they can purchase over-the-counter treatments.

Pharmacists have a wealth of experience and training, particularly when it comes to treating minor ailments and no appointment is needed. Local pharmacies are also often open for longer hours than GP Practices, giving people an alternative to waiting for a doctor’s appointment when they may not really need one.

Dr John Patterson, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Oldham CCG explains: “We want people in our communities to remain healthy for longer and by supporting them to adopt healthier lifestyles and self-manage common conditions and minor ailments, we aim to keep them well at home, avoiding unnecessary GP appointments and preventing admissions to hospital wherever possible.

GP appointments

Appointments and subsequent prescribing for minor ailments take up around an hour of every GP’s time each day. Nationally the cost to the NHS for this work amounts to £2billion every year, so by helping our local communities to self-manage common conditions, this could free up more time for patients who are in real need of clinical treatment.  It could also potentially help the NHS reinvest money to treat more serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Dr John Patterson adds: “The types of medications referred to in the guidance include paracetamol, which costs as little as 19p for 16 tablets. However, we are acutely aware that some individuals and families are unable to afford to pay for medication and as health professionals, we will retain the power to prescribe from the list of recommended treatments as and when appropriate.”

Local views

The CCG wants the views of local patients, the public and other stakeholders on the NHS England proposals before taking any further decision on whether to remove these products from routine prescriptions locally.

Please take the time to read the supporting information and then complete our survey so that we can make an informed decision based on the views of patients, public and local communities.

An easy read version of the survey is also available.

More information about the OTC engagement work we are doing can be found on our website. The full NHS guidance can also be found below.

The survey will be open from Monday 4 March until Monday 1 April 2019.