Changes to Prescriptions and Medicines in Sandwell and West Birmingham

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NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is consulting with patients in its local area to hear their views on the proposed changes to prescriptions and medicines.

Proposals includes only prescribing where there is a clinical need to treat and stopping prescribing treatments and medicines for short term, minor illnesses where there is no evidence for clinical benefit or cost-effectiveness.

This means GPs will no longer prescribe for minor illnesses such as minor coughs and colds. Patients can still go to a pharmacy for such conditions.  By going to a pharmacist instead of a GP, people are giving GPs more time to see other patients who may really need their help.

Dr Gwyn Harris, Clinical Lead for Medicines Quality said: “All NHS organisations face the challenge of how they can spend their budget most effectively for the greatest benefit to their patients. We know that we spend money on treating some conditions where there is no proven medical benefit and there is no clinical need to treat.”

“We could use this money more effectively for the benefit of our patients. If we make these changes, then we will be able to invest in new, effective and high cost treatments for serious conditions such as heart failure, psoriasis and Crohn’s disease.”

The consultation runs until 13th July 2017. You can have your say by completing the survey at or by attending one of our events below:

Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Time: 2.00pm
Where: Handsworth Fire Station, 41 Rookery Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9QU

Date: Thursday 29 June 2017
Time: 6.00pm
Where: YMCA, 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG

 If you are unable to join one of our public meetings and would like to have your say, you can contact the Engagement Team by telephoning 0121 612 1447 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.