Cost Of Living Help
- Cost of living help; here you will find loads of information about where people can access support (e.g. around energy bills, food, debt and benefits)
· Sutton libraries are warm spaces; all Sutton libraries will be warm spaces this winter so please check the opening times for your local library to identify days or times when an alternative local warm space might be needed (e.g. evenings). If you decide not to set up your own space, you could instead register to become a warm spaces volunteer here. These volunteers will be on hand at selected libraries to provide extra help and support for people, including hot drinks.
· Other warm spaces; other orgs in Sutton (e.g. churches) are also setting up warm spaces/sessions which can be found on this map so check out what might be going on nearby first.
News Update 8 November
Treating minor health conditions is changing
Minor health conditions are conditions that can be treated through self care. They are conditions that will:
- Get better on their own
- Can be treated without visiting the GP by patients buying over the counter items directly from the local pharmacy
Minor health conditions include:
- coughs, colds or sore throats
- cold sores
- conjunctivitis or dry eyes
- hay fever
- head lice
- indigestion and heartburn
- infrequent migraines
- mild cystitis
- mouth ulcers
- stomach ache
- warts and verrucas
Effective 29 March 2018, NHS England issued guidance that over the counter items will no longer be routinely prescribed in primary care. This means that your doctor, or other prescriber, will not routinely prescribe medicines for minor health conditions that can be purchased over the counter.*
Over the counter medicines are best for minor health conditions. These can be bought from pharmacies and local shops without a prescription. They are also often cheaper this way. You can get them without an appointment or seeing a doctor.
In most cases the direct cost of over the counter medicines will be lower than the combined cost to the NHS of a GP consultation, buying, prescribing and then dispensing the medicine.
Further information and *exceptions to the guidance can be found through the Sutton CCG website.
See the "Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing" leaflet
Find more information on our Self Help page