28 / 01 / 2016
Each year, a significant proportion of GP appointments and emergency department visits relate to minor ailments or problems with medications. These are issues which would be better treated at home or in the community, but some patients – including older people, who are often on many medications simultaneously – have traditionally struggled to find the support they need locally.
In Bradford, a specific scheme is attempting to address this. The city’s CCGs have funded Pharmacy First, which provides rapid access to a pharmacist in the community. He or she can give advice and support and, if necessary, dispense certain medicines without the need for a doctor’s appointment.
The idea is to reduce pressure on already over-stretched GPs and hospitals, as well as to make it possible for people to receive quicker care, closer to home: especially valuable for older people.
A review after the first eight months of the scheme estimated it had saved 900 hours of GP time in Bradford City CCG’s 27 practices alone.
For more information:
Elizabeth Wade, Director of Policy, Pharmacy Voice