Pharmacy services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
With current public health advice around coronavirus, some services may:
- not be available
- be operating different opening times
- be closed temporarily
We recommend that you contact the service prior to attending.
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The Minor Ailment and Chronic Medication Services defined in the Pharmacy contract have a requirement for patient registration. Only patients who are eligible can register for these services.
The NHS Minor Ailment Service at Your Community Pharmacy
The Minor Ailment Service will allow patients who are registered for the service to go straight to their community pharmacist for advice on common conditions that they can self treat. Where appropriate the pharmacist can supply the medicine directly, thus eliminating the need for a GP appointment.
The NHS Chronic Medication Service at Your Community Pharmacy
For those patients with ongoing conditions, the community pharmacist can play a more active role in the management of their care on the basis of one electronic authorisation from the patient’s GP, whose input will be on a six or twelve month basis, rather than the current practice of multiple visits.
Both these examples save time to the patient, the GP and the pharmacist.