Medicines Matter!

Around £6 million of medicine is returned unused to pharmacies every year across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 

Vast amounts of medicines have to be destroyed because they can’t be used by anyone else.The NHS hasn’t got this money to spare. We need every penny to provide healthcare.

We are asking pharmacies, GP practices and everyone who takes or orders medicines to play their part in making sure that we don’t waste money in this way.

Medicines Matter is a pledge we can all make to reduce this waste.

Medicine waste campaign launches across Staffordshire

A new campaign aimed at saving the NHS millions of pounds across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is being launched this week.

The ‘Medicines Matter’ campaign launched by healthcare commissioners from the six Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), will tackle the issue of unused prescription medicine which is estimated to waste around £6million each year across the county.

Proposal to provide fair support to families with children allergic to cow's milk protein

Health leaders across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent want to hear views on proposals that will affect families with babies who are not breastfed but have cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA).

Currently the NHS across the county spends around £1million per year on prescriptions for infant formula milk that does not contain cow’s milk protein. This currently benefits around 1,000 infants with the allergy whose families cannot or choose not to breastfeed. It means that parents and carers of those infants pay nothing for these alternative products but are eligible to claim them via free prescriptions.

National Toothache Day – 9 February 2018

The number of patients seeking dental advice from GPs is increasing. The treatment of dental problems is not the responsibility of GPs and people should contact their pharmacist for simple mouth ulcers and teething, and a dentist for toothache, gum problems, wisdom teeth and bleeding from the gums.  If your dental practice is not open or you cannot get an appointment ring 111 to find your local urgent or emergency dental services.  In severe circumstances (severe swelling leading to problems with opening the mouth, swallowing or fever) go to the nearest accident and emergency department.  Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum ... 

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