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Items no longer available on prerscription

Following positive consultation with the CCG and our Patient Participation Group we have agreed not to prescribe the items in the list below, irrespective of the age or status of the patient.

To buy all the health services in Ipswich and East Suffolk the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has an annual budget of £378 Million. This has to buy all prescribed medicines, and all community and hospital care. Financial pressures on the NHS mean that we have to be very careful with prescribing, to ensure enough money is available for vital services, and all of us can help with this by buying simple items over the counter.

Restricted items we are not able to prescribe include:


Anti-histaminesAllergy eye drops & nasal sprays
Intermittent use of paracetamol & ibuprofenThrush treatment unless under sixteen or pregnant
GavisconAcute diarrhoea treatments
VitaminsEar wax removers
Aqueous cream & bath/shower emollientsHeadlice and threadworm treatments
Anti-inflammatory gelsSenna & other laxatives & IBS treatments
Haemorrhoid creamOintments & drops for dry eyes


Please remember that every £1,000 saved by these measures means that another patient can have a cataract operation. Every £300 saved funds a 999 ambulance call. Thank you for your help.

Contact details for CCG:

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