Launch of the new Pharmacy First service in Liverpool

Launch of the new Pharmacy First service in Liverpool

A new pharmaceutical initiative was launched by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Community Pharmacy Liverpool, allowing Merseyside people to obtain certain prescription medicines from their local pharmacy without first consulting a family doctor.

The new scheme is only available in Liverpool-based pharmacies and will cover treatments for any of the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Urinary infections
  • Eye infections (conjunctivitis)
  • Oral thrush in children
  • Impetigo
  • Mild skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema or insect bite reactions
  • Diaper rash for babies
  • Other skin problems such as minor cuts, burns and sunburn

Matt Harvey, Chief Officer of Community Pharmacy Liverpool, said: “Pharmacy First is a really exciting development for Liverpool pharmacies and patients, as it means many people will be able to get treatment for minor health problems faster and more cost-effectively, without having to wait for a doctor’s appointment first.” .

He added: “A pharmacist will simply ask a few quick questions and, as long as a patient is eligible for treatment and has not already been prescribed treatment for the same thing recently, they will be able to offer you access there and then – no prescriptions required. .

The service is accessible to parents and guardians with their children and represents the latest measure the NHS is implementing to stop the backlog affecting NHS services up and down the country.

Dr Janet Bliss, local primary care physician and president of the NHS Liverpool CCG, said: “Using Pharmacy First can be a really quick and easy alternative to visiting your local GP or NHS walk-in center for treatment and counseling for certain common conditions.”

He added: “Using this service not only allows patients to get faster treatment for these minor conditions, it will also help free up GP appointments for patients with more complex health problems that cannot be addressed. even in pharmacies – so it will really benefit many patients. “

The Pharmacy First offering will run in conjunction with the existing Care the Chemist program and, if successful, may see the introduction of a more comprehensive national program.

More information on Pharmacy First is available here.

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