Last year NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group spent £1m on prescribed paracetamol, this is the equivalent for example, of 270 more hip replacements or 1,040 cataract operations.
With paracetamol being widely available from all supermarkets and pharmacies at a very low cost, patients are being advised to keep a SMALL supply of paracetamol in their own medicine cabinet so they are able to manage their minor ailments at home.
Paracetamol is approximately four times more expensive when it is prescribed on the NHS compared to when it is purchased in pharmacies or supermarkets. Simple measures can help ensure that resources are used in the best possible way for all patients.
For full details, please pick up a leaflet from the Surgery or look online at www.ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk.