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NHS England Encourages Greater Use of Pharmacists for Treatment of Common Illnesses

Country Correspondent: Molly Fitzgerald

NHS England has launched initiatives to extend the role of pharmacists in health care. A public education campaign, Stay Well Pharmacy, urges people to visit their local pharmacies as a first line of treatment for minor health problems such as stomach aches, sore throats, and common children’s illnesses. This could help avoid 18 million primary care appointments and more than 2 million emergency department visits for self-treatable conditions that cost GBP £850 million each year. In parallel, NHS England is increasing the number of clinical pharmacists in primary care teams to cover more than 40 percent of practices and nearly two-thirds of the population. This will allow doctors and nurses to focus on patients with more complex needs.


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