A new service has been launched to encourage people with minor ailments or common conditions to visit their community pharmacy which may be able to provide treatment and advice. This would ease pressure on A&E and other NHS services. The new service has funding of £10million from the Scottish Government.
Pharmacy teams can offer advice, treatment or referral to other healthcare teams if required if you have a sore throat, earache and cold sores and common clinical conditions such as Urinary Tract Infections.
Any Pharmacy in Scotland that dispenses NHS prescriptions is part of the service.
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A&E departments remain open for emergency care – with the necessary public health measures in place to protect staff and patients.
Maree Todd MSP, SNP, and pharmacist by profession, said:
“The launch of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland means that people in the Highlands & Islands and across Scotland, will get the right care and medical support closer to home – often with no waiting time or appointments needed.
“In recent months, perhaps more than ever, the NHS has been there to protect us – but many of us don’t need to visit A&E to get the care we need.
“This new service will provide a local approach to ensure the community has access to healthcare for more minor ailments.
“Let’s remember though – in an emergency you should always contact 999 or go to your nearest accident and emergency department.”
Chair of Community Pharmacy Scotland Martin Green said:
“NHS Pharmacy First Scotland is an exciting service development for everyone. It recognises the role that the community pharmacy network can play in helping patients and the wider NHS team by ensuring people get the right care in the right place.
“Pharmacists, supported by their pharmacy teams, will be able to offer consultations for anyone with minor illnesses and provide the appropriate advice and support.”
Link: NHS Inform