Services Database Community Pharmacy Referrals Project: Increasing Awareness and Early Diagnosis of Respiratory Disease via a Direct Pathway to Secondary Care
A pharmacist direct referral to chest x-ray pilot undertaken in South West London for 12 weeks in 2011-12. A total of 43 pharmacies in south west London to identify customers at risk of COPD and/or lung cancer were recruited.
Once the patient was referred, they received a clinical assessment, chest x-ray and spirometry by the hospital.
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Not a commissioned service
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Pharmacists attended standardised training sessions (provided by the College of Pharmacy Practice and Education and a clinical research registrar) to learn how to identify and refer appropriate customers to local secondary care clinics.