Homeopathy Consultation Gets Underway

The next stage of the review of homeopathy services by Midlothian Community Health Partnership (CHP) is now underway.  The planned public consultation is set to start and will run from 10 September until 10 November 2012.

The consultation document including a short questionnaire is available to patients, interested parties and staff. 

David Small, General Manager of Midlothian Community Health Partnership (CHP), said:  “The stakeholder group, made up of clinicians, patient/public representatives, including the public partnership forum, set up to take this review forward has worked hard to develop the consultation document.

“The consultation document is asking whether NHS Lothian should pay for homeopathic services in Lothian and I hope all those interested will take the time to give us their views.”

Patients in Lothian currently receiving homeopathy services and interested parties who have written and expressed an interest will automatically be sent a copy of the document.  Copies are being distributed to voluntary sector organisations and primary care groups.  Public meetings are also being arranged to enable discussions to take place.

The consultation document can be accessed online at

www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/OurOrganisation/Consultations/Current/Homeopathy where there will be a link to the online questionnaire.

Anyone requiring a hard copy of the consultation document should contact 0131 465 5544.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Out of 126 general practices in Lothian, 23 refer patients to local homeopathic clinics.

There were 1509 clinic attendances by patients in 2010/11 (ie please note this is not 1509 individual patients.  86 per cent of these attendances were return patients).  Approximately 200 were new referrals.

On average 120 patients are referred annually from other Scottish health boards with 13 new patients referred to the service in 2010/2011.

Homeopathy services in Lothian include clinics offered at 3 venues; Dalkeith Medical Centre; Leith Community Treatment Centre; and St John’s Hospital, as well as referrals to Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital.

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10/09/2012