The Midlands Community Pharmacy Extended Care Service
A new Community Pharmacy Extended Care Service in the Midlands is reducing pressure on the NHS by freeing up GP appointments that could be used for more complex patients.
The service includes a suite of patient group directions (PGDs) that allow pharmacists to treat simple Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in females and acute bacterial conjunctivitis in patients aged 3 months to 2 years. It is the first locally commissioned service of this type to cover such a wide geographical area – the whole NHS Midlands region.
Provision of the Extended Care Service provides both an alternative location and quicker access to advice and treatment for patients, compared to seeking treatment via a prescription from their GP, Out of Hours provider, urgent care centre or Emergency department.
So far, 924 pharmacies across the Midlands have signed up to provide the first tier of the service and data collected shows the service is saving GP appointments and reducing pressure on the NHS by freeing up GP appointments that could be used for more complex patients. In the first four months of the service, more than 2,500 patient consultations have already taken place.
The following PSNC website news article provides details of the service; first launched in December 2020.
|LLR LPC recently organised a webinar for contractors which covered the following topics:
The webinar’s slide deck used is provided below, together with the YouTube video recording captured from the evening. Both resources are great to share with your extended teams to help boost their knowledge, interest and enthusiasm to actively provide these locally commissioned services going forward.
Full information and service details are kept up to date on the following South Staffordshire LPC website page to ensure uniformity of information across all LPCs: