Clinical pharmacists to help ease pressure at GP surgeries

July 28 2017

A GP practice in Thornbury is among a number of surgeries chosen to benefit from a scheme to give patients access to clinical pharmacists.

A GP practice in Thornbury is among a number of surgeries chosen to benefit from a scheme to give patients access to clinical pharmacists.

Streamside Surgery will be able to offer appointments with a medicines expert who can clinically assess and treat patients using their expert knowledge of medication for specific illnesses and conditions.

The scheme is jointly funded by NHS England and GP practices and comes after a successful pilot project in the South West in 2015.

By making use of the pharmacists’ knowledge, GPs will have more time to see patients with more complex conditions.  

The clinical pharmacists will work alongside family doctors and nurses to help manage long-term conditions among patients, including those taking multiple medications.

Amanda Fisk, of NHS England in the South West, said: “Getting drug treatment right is crucial in keeping people well and independent - and clinical pharmacists are the experts.

“They can make a real difference, especially for patients with long-term conditions and who rely on multiple medications. 

“We also know that some practices have been struggling to cope with rising workloads and to recruit new doctors, so bringing in pharmacists will help ease the pressure as well as offering better care to patients.” 

Two GP practices in Yate will also have pharmacists under the scheme - Courtside Surgery and Wellington Road Family Practice.