It has been decided, for security reasons, that all prescriptions for Controlled Drugs should now be collected by the patient to take to the pharmacy of their choice. This will eliminate the risk of the prescription being lost in the post and should therefore speed up the ‘ordering to collection’ process.
The four Derbyshire CCGs have made a decision that routine prescribing of gluten-free food products is not recommended
The rationale for this decision is:-
Historically, availability of gluten free foods was limited, therefore obtaining these products from community pharmacies via prescriptions improved access to them. With the increased awareness of coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity as well as a general trend towards eating less gluten, these products are now much more widely available. All major supermarkets and many other retailers now commonly stock gluten free foods as well as other special diet alternatives both online and in-store. Furthermore, improved food labelling now means people are able to see whether ordinary food products are free from gluten and can be safely eaten.
The price paid by the NHS for gluten free foods on prescription is much higher than the supermarket prices available to the public.
They acknowledge that gluten free food products are often more expensive than their gluten containing equivalents but the price difference is not as wide as it once was. It is also possible to eat a gluten free diet that follows the Eatwell Guide model for balanced eating without the need for any specialist dietary foods, simply by choosing naturally gluten free carbohydrate containing foods (e.g. rice and potatoes) as part of a healthy balanced diet.
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We’ll always keep your information safe and never sell it or pass it on.
And making that information available to health and social care staff involved in your care means everyone can work together to give you the best support we can.
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Sharing your records means health and social care workers have your most up to date information. It also means you don’t have to repeatedly provide the same facts, have unnecessary tests and it would prevent you being given drugs that you’re allergic to.
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However, health and social care professionals will still ask for your explicit consent to view certain information when treating and supporting you, which means that you are always presented with an option to agree or disagree.
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Following patient feedback we have reviewed the appointments bookable via SystmOnline and have opened up more appointments. Patients who wish to book their doctors appointment via our online system should find that there is now more choice.
We want to ensure that our patients who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss can read and understand the information we send them.
If you find it hard to read our letters due to your disability or if you need someone to support you at appointments, please let us know.
We can then add the information to your medical records so that other NHS organisations that you attend will also be aware.
Please tell the receptionist if you need information in a different format or communication support and we will do our best to arrange this for you
We now send out SMS appointment reminders on the day before your appointment – please ensure that we have your up-to-date mobile phone number so that you can benefit from this service. We may also use this system to advise you when your review is due.
You can let us have your current mobile phone number via this website by completing the details in “update your records” which can be found under Contact.
If you do not want to receive reminders please let the receptionist know.
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