The Department of Health announced in February that the price for an NHS prescription in England will increase by 20p to £9.00 with effect from the 1st April 2019.
The prices for 3 and 12 month pre-payment certificates are frozen and have remained the same at £29.10 and £104 respectively. For anyone requiring more than 3 items in 3 months or more than 12 in a year these certificates can provide significant savings.
Other NHS charges such as for dental work, wigs and fabric supports are also being increased in line with inflation.
Action: Clinicians should be aware of the current prescription charge and also the value for money represented by pre-payment certificates.
During February 2019 Clinical Knowledge Summaries were published or updated in the following areas.
The majority of topics have undergone reviews and minor restructures. The Blackouts topic is new. The most significant changes are to the Diarrhoea - adult's assessment topic where new recommendations have been added to the referral section in line with recommendations on the recognition and referral of suspected cancer. The Urinary tract infection (lower) - women topic has also been updated in line with antimicrobial prescribing guidance.
Action: Clinicians who see patients with any of these conditions may find the new and updated information useful when reviewing current clinical practice.