GP Extended Access Survey
The six NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are looking at how to give you easier and more convenient access to services you have at your local family doctor and GP surgery available outside of the usual surgery hours, including over the weekends.
We are interested in hearing your views about how, when and where you might choose to use these services outside of the usual surgery hours.
This survey will remain open until Thursday 8th February 2018 and the information gathered will then be reviewed with current and potential providers of these services. Patient representatives will be involved in this work and in developing options for each area of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy Infant Formula Milk – Survey
At the moment across the whole of Staffordshire, CCGs spend around £1 million each year on funding infant formula milk for babies and children who have cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA). Parents and carers of those babies pay nothing for these alternative products but are eligible to claim them via free prescriptions.
To help the six CCGs make things fairer for everyone, and to save money, the CCGs are considering replacing free prescription CMPA infant formula milk with a voucher scheme.
Under the voucher scheme GPs will issue an instruction to pharmacies to supply CMPA formula milk at a discount so that the price of CMPA formula milk is comparable to standard infant formula milk. That would mean, whether or not babies had CMPA, their families would all pay around the same for the infant formula milk their babies needed.
This scheme would apply to children up to the age of 13 months.
We are currently exploring with Public Health England whether families on lower incomes could be eligible to claim an additional contribution under the Healthy Start Scheme.
To help us gather views we have set up a survey which will run until Sunday 4 March 2018.
If you would like to participate, the link can be found here https://tinyurl.com/CMPAPubSurJan18