We are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.
In the last 12 months NEW Devon CCG spent over £16 million on prescribed medicines to relieve pain. Just under £4 million of this is spent each year on pain medicines which could be purchased over the counter for short term mild to moderate pain including paracetamol, co-codamol, ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory rubs for joint pain. In many cases, patients could get more rapid access to these pain medicines by purchasing them over the counter in pharmacies and other outlets.
As part of our self care campaign this year, we would like to remind patients that many of these treatments can be purchased in a local pharmacy or supermarket, often at a very reasonable price and cheaper than the cost of a prescription. This has the added benefit of freeing up GP surgery capacity as well as contributing to a cost reduction for the NHS, which could be used to fund essential services.
Further information on self-care and useful advice for fever in children is available on the NEW Devon CCG website here. Other useful information for patients regarding self care can also be found on our website pages here.
If you have any queries please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Team. PALS contact details can be found in the patient leaflet available here on the self-care website pages.
Please also note that the self-care forum is another useful resource for information.
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Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.
Common ailments that can be self managed :