Vitamin D supplementation in Care Homes – Herts CCG’s position statement
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Government advice is for everyone to take a vitamin D (10 micrograms/400 units vitamin D ) supplement during the winter months and those people who are confined indoors, (including those in care homes) to take a daily supplement throughout the year.
In early 2021, in response to the global pandemic, the Department of Health and Social Care made the decision to provide a free 4 month supply of vitamin D (10 micrograms/400 units) to all care home residents but they are now required to purchase and provide suitable vitamin D supplements (these may include tablets, liquid or oral sprays) for residents.
East & North Herts and Herts Valley CCGs do not support prescribing of vitamin D supplements (10 micrograms/400 units dose) intended to treat insufficiency.
Any requests to GP practices to prescribe 10 micrograms/400 units vitamin D supplements will be declined and care homes will be directed to purchase products themselves.
The position statements can be read here for ENCCG and here for HVCCG.