NHS SCOTLAND “PHARMACY FIRST” LAUNCHED.
Healthcare advice to treat minor illnesses -- and other common, non-urgent ailments – is now available in local communities following the launch of a new service.
Called -- NHS Pharmacy First Scotland -- it allows community pharmacies to give people expert help for conditions such as sore throats, ear-ache, and cold sores -- along with other clinical problems, such as Urinary Tract Infections.
If more is required, pharmacies will offer referrals to other healthcare teams. “Pharmacy First” should help people access treatment for non-urgent conditions -- without having to go to their GP or local Emergency Department .
Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
“The launch of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland will make sure that people have
access to the right care in the right place, getting medical support that is closer to home -- and often with no waiting time or appointments needed.”
Chair of Community Pharmacy Scotland, Martin Green, said:
“This is an exciting service development for everyone. Pharmacists, supported by their pharmacy teams, will be able to offer consultations for anyone with minor illnesses and provide the appropriate advice and support.”
More information on Pharmacy First is available online and on NHS Inform.