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9.0 Nutrition and Blood

General Notes

  • All prescribing of vitamins and minerals should be in line with an ACBS approved indication i.e. only in the management of actual or potential vitamin or mineral deficiency; they are not to be prescribed as dietary supplements or as a general ‘pick-me-up’.
  • Deprescribe vitamin products where there is no clinically appropriate indication for their continued use, GP Practice staff can refer to ‘Vitamin and Mineral Prescribing Guidance NI
  • If patients still want to take vitamins and minerals for dietary supplementation or as a ‘pick-me-up’ they should be advised that they can be purchased as self-care over-the-counter with the support of the community pharmacist
  • Some patients e.g. low income may be eligible for NHS Healthy Start vitamins:
    • Healthy Start women’s vitamin tablets contain Folic acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin D

Further details on who is eligible and how to get Healthy Start vitamins can be accessed here