Healthy living medical services can include alcohol reduction, smoking cessation and weight loss services. Over 60% of all smokers want to quit, whilst 23% of the UK population is now classed as obese, and both groups of patients are desperately looking for help. By setting up a smoking cessation service or a weight loss service in your pharmacy you can fill that gap in primary care, help those who need it and create an innovative way to help boost your own pharmacy income. Read below how your fellow contractors have been doing it.
Studies show that men are less likely to visit their GP than women. Common reasons include feeling uncomfortable in a GP practice and macho attitudes about seeking help. Increasingly, men are self-diagnosing and turning to the internet, which carries dangers. Pharmacies can offer men the private consultations they need where they can discuss their issues whether it be sexual health problems or erectile dysfunction. And with the rise in demand for erectile dysfunction medicines, they can also provide them with the treatments that they need. Read below how your fellow contractors set up these services and how you too could be seeing a financial monthly boost to your pharmacy profits.
Every year, millions of patients put unnecessary strain on GP practices and A&E by seeking medical help for minor complaints such as coughs, colds, insect bites, fever, headaches and sore throats – aliments which could easily be seen by a pharmacist. Pharmacists have been calling for an NHS national minor ailments scheme for years and although Scotland is close to launching one soon, it seems to be a long way off for pharmacies in England. You can fill a big gap in the pharmacy market by offering these services to your patients and not only will you see a big increase in your revenue stream but you will also be helping to ease a large burden off the NHS.
Pain management causes a significant burden on the NHS. From back pain to headaches and migraines, they can be also be a long-term burden on a patient’s health. Around 2.5 million primary care appointments are linked to headaches and migraines alone every year. But through their pain management service, pharmacists can often go beyond offering OTC medicines and can prescribe anti-inflammatory treatments, preventing patients having to wait weeks for a GP appointment. Read below how your fellow contractors set up these services and how you too could be seeing a financial monthly boost to your pharmacy profits.
Hay fever, sunburn and dehydration are just a few of the problems that can haunt patients during the spring and summer months. Hay fever and other allergies in particular can be stressful as well as unpleasant and patients are always looking for new treatments and advice to help them through the annual cycle of illness. In addition, the NHS no longer funds some prescription-only hay fever medication, so demand for a hay fever service has never been higher. Read below how your fellow contractors have been serving patient demand whilst helping to provide a big financial boost to their businesses.
Specialist skincare advice has most commonly been associated with a trip to the dermatologist. But with a booming health and beauty market and advances in technology, UK pharmacists have an increasing opportunity to expand in this area. Some pharmacists are also taking advantage of the rising popularity of non-surgical cosmetic treatments and are looking at how they can offer Botox anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers as well as provide skincare treatments and advice for issues like pigmentation and acne. Read below about how your fellow contractors are leading the way in aesthetics and how you could follow suit.
The number of British people travelling abroad is increasing each year, and with that, the demand for travel health services is also growing. However, many travellers are risking their health by leaving without the necessary professional advice and exposing themselves to unnecessary risk of illness. But with the wait for GP appointments putting some patients off receiving the right vaccinations, pharmacies are perfectly placed to meet patient demand. Read below how your fellow contractors are doing it and how you too could see a £1,000 monthly boost to your pharmacy profits.
With the number of mumps cases in England reaching its highest in a decade and cases of measles also at an all-time high, there has been a major government drive to boost coverage of the MMR vaccine. Research suggests that making vaccinations easier to access could help improve take-up and with pharmacies already offering a flu vaccination service, extending their offering seems like a simple way to improve the skills of their teams and boost their financial income. Read below about how your fellow contractors set up vaccination services to learn more about how you could follow suit.
Women experience a range of unique health issues and conditions. From pregnancy to menopause and other gynaecological conditions, some women may need medical treatment but often the patient may just need advice from their pharmacist on how to tackle these conditions. A women’s health service can offer advice on sexual health, contraception and the morning after pill or go beyond this to offer breast cancer screening and menopause advice. You can fill a big gap in the pharmacy market by offering these services to your patients and not only will you see a big increase in your revenue stream but you will also be helping to ease a large burden off the NHS.