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Pay for your painkillers to help the NHS cut costs

Common painkillers will no longer be given free to some patients in Sussex.

The local NHS in Brighton and Hove says it's vastly more expensive to prescribe Paracetamol and Ibuprofen than it is to buy them over the counter.

A prescription from a GP costs the NHS £45 - that includes consultation time, of course.

But Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be bought for as little as 19 pence from some supermarkets.

Health chiefs want to save half a million pounds a year to spend on other services.

Patients may soon have to pay for other medications too, as Malcolm Shaw now reports.


Watercolour wonders - Turner's masterpieces on show in Sussex

He was one of our greatest artists, and often drew his inspiration from the landscapes and seascapes of the South.

Many of the works of JMW Turner can be seen on display at Petworth House in Sussex.

But now, it's the venue for an exhibition for some of his lesser known paintings - a unique collection of watercolours rather than oils.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Exhibitions Manager Andrew Loukes.

Stars collide in Sussex for ITV drama Unforgotten series two

Critically acclaimed drama series Unforgotten returns to our screens tomorrow night with another cold-case whodunnit.

The show stars Nicola Walker alongside the Chancellor of Sussex University, Sanjeev Bhaskar - and both have been out filming in our region.

Andy Dickenson went to meet them along with ensemble cast members Charlie Condou, formerly of Coronation Street, and Mark Bonnar, star of Catastrophe.

Unforgotten starts tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV1.


Meet Billy, one of the hundreds of puppies abandoned after Christmas

A charity in Kent says the message that 'a dog is for life not just for Christmas' still isn't getting through. Hundreds of unwanted dogs, given as gifts, are still being abandoned every year.

Like 4 month old puppy Billy, who was handed in at the Dogs Trust in Canterbury yesterday.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Harriet Blaskett from the Dogs Trust Canterbury

British-born astronaut Piers Sellers has died aged 61

Piers Sellers, pictured in January 2003 Credit: Rui Vieira PA Archive/PA Images

The British-born astronaut Piers Sellers has died of cancer at the age of sixty-one. Originally from Crowborough in East Sussex, Dr Sellers, was a climate scientist for NASA in the United States of America. He was a pupil at Cranbrook School in Kent as a boy.

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