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West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) is asking for your help with two matters.
Firstly, we would like to know how we can prevent you from being given medications and treatments you do not require because you already have enough.
Secondly, the NHS spends a huge amount of money prescribing items which can be bought far more cheaply from a pharmacy or supermarket. It costs more money for the NHS to prescribe these items, because of the time it takes to process them. For example, 16 paracetamol tablets cost about 25p at the supermarket, but cost the NHS a lot more to prescribe. The NHS in Suffolk spent over £1million on paracetamol in 2015-16. Last year around £700,000 was spent in west Suffolk alone prescribing treatments which are available to buy over the counter at far less cost.
If you fill in this survey it will help us understand what we can do differently to help you. Last year we used feedback from local people to help reduce waste in the NHS. It helped us make sure the money can be put into local health services.
It will take less than five minutes to complete the survey and your details will be treated confidentially, unless you indicate otherwise. Please return your comments by noon on Friday 30 June 2017.
All questions are optional. Please feel free to leave blank spaces for any questions which you feel donít apply to you.
If you are responding to this questionnaire as an individual please tick one box which is the best description. I am responding as an individual -
Carer/family of a patient
Member of the public
Other, please specify
If you are responding to this questionnaire on behalf of a group, community or organisation please specify.
Do you get any medicines regularly on repeat prescription?
If YES to Q3, how many different medicines are listed on your repeat prescription list?
1 - 5
6 - 10
More than 10
When did you most recently get a prescription from a doctor or nurse for one or more of the following conditions/medicines? A best guess is fine. If not at all please leave blank
Allergies including hay fever
Pain relief gels or spray
Other medicine you think can be purchased over-the-counter
Please provide your full postcode