A new service designed to make it easier for patients to get health advice and treatment for minor health problems has been launched in Fleetwood.
The Pharmacy+ Clinic scheme means that people with a minor illness can visit their local participating pharmacist, instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment.
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and minor ailments and can treat many common health complaints. Under the scheme, they will offer patients a confidential consultation to talk through their symptoms and the medications they are taking, before offering healthcare advice and medicines where appropriate.
Fleetwood GP Dr Adam Janjua said: “The scheme has been designed to help local people get the most appropriate health advice and medication quickly and conveniently for minor health problems. The demands on general practices are continuing to increase due to a rising population and people living longer but with more complex health conditions.
“If everybody went to a pharmacist with minor health problems, GPs would have more time to deal with patients who have more serious and complicated illnesses. This should make it easier to get a convenient appointment with your GP next time you need one.”
Any patient registered with a GP in Fylde and Wyre can use the scheme. Patients who are under 16 years of age can also use the service but should have a parent, guardian or carer with them when they speak to the pharmacist.
There is no cost to take part. People who don’t normally pay for prescriptions will be given free medicine for a minor condition or illness. People who do pay will pay the normal prescription fee or buy the medicine over the counter, which is usually less expensive.
Four pharmacies are currently signed up to the scheme in Fleetwood: Albert Wilde on Broadway, O’Briens Pharmacy on Dock Street, Warburtons Chemist on Lord Street and Boots on Lord Street.
Boots on Victoria Road West in Cleveleys is also signed up to the scheme and it is anticipated that more pharmacies across Fylde and Wyre will sign up in the coming weeks.
For more information about the scheme and to find out which pharmacies are taking part, visit www.pharmacyplus.clinic.
- NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
- Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
- The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
- Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
- The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
- There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
- For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk