GP won't prescribe creams for eczema any longer

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Found 5th Jul
I understand creams and lotions including specialist suncreams are no longer being prescribed by GP's.

Is this country wide, or some areas/surgeries?

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I can’t believe some people expect the nhs to pay for most of those things listed, let alone waste a GP’s time going to an appointment! I mean head lice, for example? Come on!!!!
choccie3250 m ago

I can’t believe some people expect the nhs to pay for most of those things …I can’t believe some people expect the nhs to pay for most of those things listed, let alone waste a GP’s time going to an appointment! I mean head lice, for example? Come on!!!!


I totally agree it's stupid of the nhs to pay for things which are actually cheaper to buy over the counter.
adhkarzf7 m ago

I totally agree it's stupid of the nhs to pay for things which are …I totally agree it's stupid of the nhs to pay for things which are actually cheaper to buy over the counter.


It’s not even just that they are cheaper, some things are basic hygiene products that should be the responsibility of the person/parents. It’s also not just the prescription cost, it’s an appointment cost.
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Where'd you hear that? My gp just prescribed some 2 weeks ago and didn't mention anything. Also find it quite hard to believe but anything is possible
adhkarzf2 m ago

Where'd you hear that? My gp just prescribed some 2 weeks ago and didn't …Where'd you hear that? My gp just prescribed some 2 weeks ago and didn't mention anything. Also find it quite hard to believe but anything is possible


My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and now won't prescribe sun cream for the flare up due to the normal sun creams. I had a feeling it was just the surgery, do I need to change surgeries?
SCuboid21 m ago

My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and …My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and now won't prescribe sun cream for the flare up due to the normal sun creams. I had a feeling it was just the surgery, do I need to change surgeries?


Cut out gluten and dont use creama containing alcohol. Trust me!
SCuboid35 m ago

My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and …My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and now won't prescribe sun cream for the flare up due to the normal sun creams. I had a feeling it was just the surgery, do I need to change surgeries?


I'd seriously consider changing surgeries, though make an appointment with the doctor first - and ask him /her why this has happened.
jpoolfitz14 m ago

Cut out gluten and dont use creama containing alcohol. Trust me!


Is there any reason you keep giving OP this quack advice?
jpoolfitz30 m ago

Cut out gluten and dont use creama containing alcohol. Trust me!


People react differently to different substances. Gluten and alcohol containing creams are used by millions of people with no adverse effects.
SCuboid1 h, 37 m ago

My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and …My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and now won't prescribe sun cream for the flare up due to the normal sun creams. I had a feeling it was just the surgery, do I need to change surgeries?


I have excema to , try childs farm moisturiser its good , and stay away from dairy foods
I can’t believe some people expect the nhs to pay for most of those things listed, let alone waste a GP’s time going to an appointment! I mean head lice, for example? Come on!!!!
psychobitchfromhell1 h, 20 m ago

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/list-medicines-nhs-prescription-banned-12276240Here you go. It is nhs policy now


There's no eczema on that list is there? I only see mild dry skin which isn't eczema as that is horribly painful. So is the op's gp just being tight or do they not have eczema and just mild dry skin i wonder
Edited by: "adhkarzf" 5th Jul
choccie3250 m ago

I can’t believe some people expect the nhs to pay for most of those things …I can’t believe some people expect the nhs to pay for most of those things listed, let alone waste a GP’s time going to an appointment! I mean head lice, for example? Come on!!!!


I totally agree it's stupid of the nhs to pay for things which are actually cheaper to buy over the counter.
Do you mean the emollients or actual hydrocortisone cream /ointment? Emollients are cheap to buy O.T.C or quality save.
adhkarzf7 m ago

I totally agree it's stupid of the nhs to pay for things which are …I totally agree it's stupid of the nhs to pay for things which are actually cheaper to buy over the counter.


It’s not even just that they are cheaper, some things are basic hygiene products that should be the responsibility of the person/parents. It’s also not just the prescription cost, it’s an appointment cost.
postmang7 m ago

Do you mean the emollients or actual hydrocortisone cream /ointment? …Do you mean the emollients or actual hydrocortisone cream /ointment? Emollients are cheap to buy O.T.C or quality save.


Not cheaper to people who don’t want to pay for them though! There’s a lot of people who don’t want to accept any responsibility for themselves or their children. Look at them claiming mental health time for the inability to remove their children’s gaming consoles. There’s already years to wait for people who are already at breaking point.
adhkarzf13 m ago

There's no eczema on that list is there? I only see mild dry skin which …There's no eczema on that list is there? I only see mild dry skin which isn't eczema as that is horribly painful. So is the op's gp just being tight or do they not have eczema and just mild dry skin i wonder


I guess it depends on how bad it is like you say. I've had eczema flare ups which have needed steriod cream and that certainly isn't an over the counter drug. If it is just a case of emollient, it's widely available and cheap.
adhkarzf44 m ago

There's no eczema on that list is there? I only see mild dry skin which …There's no eczema on that list is there? I only see mild dry skin which isn't eczema as that is horribly painful. So is the op's gp just being tight or do they not have eczema and just mild dry skin i wonder


Sun cream was on the NHS kill list and that’s what the OP was denied (#25 below)


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You can buy hydrocortisone cream (low strength, up to 1%) over the counter. You only need a prescription for stronger formulations. There are other creams available (e.g. look up Itch Relief cream on Boots) that may help. Emollient creams will also help to preserve the skin’s health and avoid flare ups without the side-effects of hydrocortisone.

This type of cream (hydrocortisone) shouldn’t be used over long periods, unless prescribed by the doctor. The likelihood of adverse side-effects is higher when using hydrocortisone for a long period of time.

So I would check in with the doctor to know why they stopped prescribing the cream. If it’s a health reason, I would try an alternative formulation that is less likely to produce side-effects. If not, then a lower formulation available without prescription might be the way to go.
sicklysweet5 m ago

Sun cream was on the NHS kill list and that’s what the OP was denied (#25 b …Sun cream was on the NHS kill list and that’s what the OP was denied (#25 below)[Image]


I fail to understand why many of these were covered (or why people would go and see a doctor for them) in the first place
choccie321 h, 0 m ago

It’s not even just that they are cheaper, some things are basic hygiene p …It’s not even just that they are cheaper, some things are basic hygiene products that should be the responsibility of the person/parents. It’s also not just the prescription cost, it’s an appointment cost.


Greedy people not wanting to pay when it was previously free! Wasting doctors time when sick people need urgent appointments.
RossD894 h, 39 m ago

Is there any reason you keep giving OP this quack advice?


Probably because i used to be covered from head to toe and now its all gone.
jpoolfitz19 m ago

Probably because i used to be covered from head to toe and now its all …Probably because i used to be covered from head to toe and now its all gone.



While it might be an something that OP might want to look in to, it doesn't mean that it will work in the same way for OP's child.
sicklysweet2 h, 53 m ago

Sun cream was on the NHS kill list and that’s what the OP was denied (#25 b …Sun cream was on the NHS kill list and that’s what the OP was denied (#25 below)[Image]


They've edited the op now it said eczema creams and specialist sunscreen
This has been going on for a while.
Even asma pumps are not free, but they are life saving.
It's fair to say people should buy e45 etc but the people with special skin condition
should get creams for free.
Misslovely5 h, 40 m ago

This has been going on for a while. Even asma pumps are not free, but they …This has been going on for a while. Even asma pumps are not free, but they are life saving. It's fair to say people should buy e45 etc but the people with special skin condition should get creams for free.


I have asthma, eczema and ulcerative colitis amongst other medical problems and i don't expect free medication. What i do expect is to be able to get a prescription for the expenisve medications otherwise I'd have been dead by now. I can afford to buy my own moisturiser and sun screen. If i need a particular brand of moisturiser that costs an arm and a leg then the doctor will provide me with a prescription to get that at an affordable rate.
I can also buy a yearly prescription pre payment certificate which reduces the cost to myself.
SCuboid12 h, 44 m ago

My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and …My GP stopped prescribing eczema cream for my 6 year old 2 months ago, and now won't prescribe sun cream for the flare up due to the normal sun creams. I had a feeling it was just the surgery, do I need to change surgeries?


Me and my mum still get the usual with no sign of change.... betnovate/oilatium etc
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