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Free Nitty Gritty comb for kids - most effective method to get rid of head lice (Requires prescription from GP)

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Get this comb free on NHS prescription for kids or those who get free prescriptions. Very effective if used according to instructions. Not sure why head lice are on the rise, but here's a free w… Read More
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Get this comb free on NHS prescription for kids or those who get free prescriptions.

Very effective if used according to instructions.

Not sure why head lice are on the rise, but here's a free way to get what you need to deal with them.

How to get a Prescription

More and more family doctors all over Britain are discovering that it works much better than any other comb or chemical treatment, and is much more cost-effective to the Practice budget too.
No multiple or repeat prescriptions are necessary.

All you have to do is ask your GP, prescribing nurse or health visitor (or prescribing pharmacist) whether he or she will prescribe a Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb for you and your family. It has been approved for NHS prescription since 2004, and it conforms completely to the latest NHS guidelines.
Unlike any other comb, however, our award-winning comb removes 'live' eggs before they can hatch as well as head lice and unsightly nits.

Just one comb is all you need to check and protect a whole family. It works brilliantly with any ordinary hair conditioner, or even better with our natural Aromatherapy Solution and we will replace it free of charge if it ever breaks.

What if your GP hasn't heard about the Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb yet, or offers to prescribe another product in its place?

If your GP hasn't heard of the Nitty Gritty Comb yet, or prefers to prescribe ineffective and costly chemical pesticides, firstly let him or her know that the comb is listed and fully approved for NHS prescription.
You could offer to provide some constructive and unbiased feedback on the performance of the comb if he/she will prescribe it for you.
Point out that other products call for repeated treatments, as they only remove the live lice, not the unhatched eggs, whereas the Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb is guaranteed to remove not only even the smallest head lice but also unhatched 'live' eggs and unsightly nits (empty egg cases) quickly and easily.
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2 Likes #1
Not sure why head lice are on the rise, but here's a free way to get what you need to deal with them.

I'm itching to find out the answer too.
#2
I'm going to print off this bit & go to the pharmacy:

Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb Prescription Details
As a one-off prescription, one Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb will keep a whole family nit-free - and chemical-free. This means not just removing all head lice, but also the 'live' eggs that cause any ongoing infestation.
It is listed in Section IX A of the NHS Drug Tariff in the Appliance section under sub-category:
Head Lice Device, Nitty Gritty NitFree steel nit comb with micro-grooved teeth.
It can also be found on the Electronic Drug Tariff on the NHS website
Be sure to click Enter on the The Electronic Drug Tariff before typing in Nitfree or head lice in the search box.
The Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb is also approved for prescription by Prescribing Nurses.
Pediculosis (head lice infestation) is one of the conditions listed for which Nurse Prescribers are allowed to prescribe, under the guidelines on Nurse Prescribing in Part XVII.
Prescribing Health Visitors and Prescribing Pharmacists are also able to dispense the comb.
The PIP ordering Code for the Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb is 294 6366. (useful for your pharmacist)
#3
this is a fab comb and does what it states!!! i ordered via the internet and it was worth the £7.00!!
#4
I bought mine for a tenner and use it every time I wash my daughters hair as her class CONSTANTLY have head lice!!!! Definitely the best one I've used and they give a free replacement if it breaks for any reason
#5
Anyone know if you can get the comb under the pharmacy "Minor ailments" scheme without going to the docs?
#6
Sharpharp
Anyone know if you can get the comb under the pharmacy "Minor ailments" scheme without going to the docs?

that's what I tried this morning - yes it would have worked - BUT (a) the pharmacist has to be a prescribing pharmacist AND (b) they have to be willing to go along with the idea

I failed at (a) - seems they are thin on the ground
#7
luvsadealdealdeal
Sharpharp
Anyone know if you can get the comb under the pharmacy "Minor ailments" scheme without going to the docs?
that's what I tried this morning - yes it would have worked - BUT (a) the pharmacist has to be a prescribing pharmacist AND (b) they have to be willing to go along with the idea
I failed at (a) - seems they are thin on the ground

You gonna try again, they usually have locums, so usually a new prescriber every day/week?
If so, let us know yeah
#8
Sharpharp
luvsadealdealdeal
Sharpharp
Anyone know if you can get the comb under the pharmacy "Minor ailments" scheme without going to the docs?
that's what I tried this morning - yes it would have worked - BUT (a) the pharmacist has to be a prescribing pharmacist AND (b) they have to be willing to go along with the idea
I failed at (a) - seems they are thin on the ground
You gonna try again, they usually have locums, so usually a new prescriber every day/week?
If so, let us know yeah

not as easy as that - I went to 2 Boots pharmacies and whilst by law there must always be a pharmacist present when medicines are handed over/ prescriptions fulfilled, they both said they very rarely have a prescribing pharmacist (except by chance if a locum happens to be one)

waiting on a phone call from doctor's surgery to see if they'll prescribe one without me having to take my daughter there

not sure what it's like in your neck of the woods but down here, you don't get an appointment for this kind of thing (ie minor stuff) without a doctor ringing you first and they are very willing to listen to you, agree a diagnosis and issue a prescription over the phone for you to pick up later, with no need to see a doctor at all

very handy with minor stuff - the other week I got my son diagnosed with acne over the phone and the Acnecide prescribed there & then (brilliant stuff!)
#9
what about lice on adults?
#10
all done - 2 mins on the phone & my prescription has already been sent to Boots :)
#11
picked it up already :)

efficient system, good way to deal with over-busy surgeries
#12
tcotpatpwtcot
what about lice on adults?

nitty gritty comb works on HEAD lice in both children & adults
#13
Great comb but 99% of the time a GP will tell you to take a hike.
#14
marty-401
Great comb but 99% of the time a GP will tell you to take a hike.

not in my experience - asked twice, 2 different doctors, got a NG comb both times no problem

last time was 5 years ago, plus yesterday
2 Likes #15
Good stocking filler, thanks
2 Likes #16
No wonder the NHS is in such a state when people waste their GP's time to save a few quid on a comb they can buy over the counter!! Fair enough if you genuinely can't afford it.
#17
moneybag
No wonder the NHS is in such a state when people waste their GP's time to save a few quid on a comb they can buy over the counter!! Fair enough if you genuinely can't afford it.

kids get free healthcare in this country
3 Likes #18
luvsadealdealdeal
moneybag
No wonder the NHS is in such a state when people waste their GP's time to save a few quid on a comb they can buy over the counter!! Fair enough if you genuinely can't afford it.
kids get free healthcare in this country
I'm talking about the cost in time to your GP. I'd personally rather save their time and go and buy one. I know everyone has (and is entitled to) their own opinion on what GPs should be dealing with, in my humble opinion their time is better spent on more serious problems. I know this is going too deep for HUKD though, so I won't grumble any more!!
#19
moneybag
luvsadealdealdeal
moneybag
No wonder the NHS is in such a state when people waste their GP's time to save a few quid on a comb they can buy over the counter!! Fair enough if you genuinely can't afford it.
kids get free healthcare in this country
I'm talking about the cost in time to your GP. I'd personally rather save their time and go and buy one. I know everyone has (and is entitled to) their own opinion on what GPs should be dealing with, in my humble opinion their time is better spent on more serious problems. I know this is going too deep for HUKD though, so I won't grumble any more!!

you might have a point - I heard recently - One in five GP and A&E consultations are for issues that could be dealt with by a pharmacist or the patient at home. https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2121592/time-wasting-patients-with-minor-ailments-like-blocked-noses-and-dandruff-cost-nhs-more-than-2bn-a-year/

but you still come back to the problem that kids' healthcare is meant to be free of charge as a point of principle
#20
luvsadealdealdeal
but you still come back to the problem that kids' healthcare is meant to be free of charge as a point of principle

I don't have all the answers, but I do believe that more things like this should perhaps be covered by an extension of the relatively successful 'minor ailment scheme'. I don't see why every pharmacist shouldn't be able to check for headlice and give you a comb there and then, and bill it back the same way.
On the positive side, you also don't have to wait four weeks to get an appointment with a pharmacist, and your GP can carry on with more pressing issues.
#21
going to buy one for a friend. her kids always seem to have lice. i did wonder why. but if it is one the increase i understand now.

cheers, op.
#22
midian09
going to buy one for a friend. her kids always seem to have lice. i did wonder why. but if it is one the increase i understand now.
cheers, op.

Midian - my kids are always getting lice & they come from a very good home! They get them at school by head contact with somebody else who has head lice.

Think about it - they're always hugging & doing group selfies etc.

Last bout (in primary school) lasted a couple of years. We de-loused our kids x2 or x3 over 2-3 different weekends (to get rid of any latecomers that were eggs). Then 3 months later they were full of head lice again.

Don't blame the kids or your friends, blame the parents of other kids who can't be bothered to intervene & let it spread.

This time round (secondary school) my daughter only started to get itchy a few days ago and we got over 60 head lice out of her (abundant) hair!
#23
As a teacher who has caught them myself it is a nightmare in schools...intolerant to shampoos, some children not getting hair checked so Good on those parents who check every day as that's what's needed and treat immediately - that's the only thing that's going to get the increase to start to decrease.
Combing with conditioner seems to be the key I think to avoid them - caught twice (an odd one) in 14 years of teaching little ones but I check my hair every time I wash it.


Edited By: teachelly on Nov 16, 2016 18:36
1 Like #24
I wish schools could give these out to children's parents! That would help A LOT
1 Like #25
I've also thought this was poor name for a product for the origin of term comes from slavery
#26
http://www.nittygritty.co.uk/site/schools.asp

" We offer a great discount just for schools, nurseries, PTA's etc… with the Nitty Gritty Comb on offer for as little as £6.99 each including vat and p&p.
12 Nitty Gritty Combs at just £6.99 each
6 Nitty Gritty Combs at just £7.50 each
(Combs are only for sale to families in your school and packs are marked "Not for resale).

If you prefer not to order online, please call us 0207 229 7775. Or if you are interested in ordering our Nitty Gritty Head Lice Solution or Defence Spray please call us on the same number. "
#27
magicalex9
I've also thought this was poor name for a product for the origin of term comes from slavery

what's the origin?
1 Like #28
magicalex9
I've also thought this was poor name for a product for the origin of term comes from slavery
Nope.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/nitty-gritty.html
1 Like #29
Sharpharp
Anyone know if you can get the comb under the pharmacy "Minor ailments" scheme without going to the docs?
Try ringing your doctors and asking for a prescription request if that doesn't work ask for a telephone consultation to get this done rather than going for an appointment
#30
luvsadealdealdeal
magicalex9
I've also thought this was poor name for a product for the origin of term comes from slavery
what's the origin?
Look here although it's about time we moved on from referencing slavery at any opportunity
#31
markvirgo
luvsadealdealdeal
magicalex9
I've also thought this was poor name for a product for the origin of term comes from slavery
what's the origin?
Look here although it's about time we moved on from referencing slavery at any opportunity

ludicrous comment

'According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term is of 20th Century coinage.' - ie a long time after slavery finished
#32
luvsadealdealdeal
midian09
going to buy one for a friend. her kids always seem to have lice. i did wonder why. but if it is one the increase i understand now.
cheers, op.

Midian - my kids are always getting lice & they come from a very good home! They get them at school by head contact with somebody else who has head lice.

Think about it - they're always hugging & doing group selfies etc.

Last bout (in primary school) lasted a couple of years. We de-loused our kids x2 or x3 over 2-3 different weekends (to get rid of any latecomers that were eggs). Then 3 months later they were full of head lice again.

Don't blame the kids or your friends, blame the parents of other kids who can't be bothered to intervene & let it spread.

This time round (secondary school) my daughter only started to get itchy a few days ago and we got over 60 head lice out of her (abundant) hair!


Thank you for coming to the defence off my friend. :)

I wasn't blaming the children. I had lice as a child (and abundant hair) and understand if the children get it. I had it a few times but they seemed to get it so frequently now. I know lice only like clean hair, etc...

that it is on the increase in the general population makes sense. my friend just seemed to be fighting a losing battle. this will be another tool in her kit.
#33
We were lucky and managed to clear the kid's lice quickly. You've got to comb comb comb. Miss one egg and you're doomed, it'll all start again in a few days. Douse with Hedrin, suffocate and kill, comb. But then comb again the next day with conditioner, then every other day, and you'll still find an egg or two. Keep combing.

The 'reinfestations' are most likely caused by people slacking off on the combing, or doing one dose of a treatment and not removing all the eggs. The eggs are hard to kill and remove and take more effort - combing and pulling with the fingers if need be.

Decent knock-off combs can be bought on Ebay for 99p. Thy have the same design, with twists carved into the tines.

I don't agree with getting 'freebies' from an already strained NHS.

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