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.
Name of pharmacist: Faheem Ahmed.
How long have you been offering this service? Since June 2018.
Name of pharmacist: Ajay Berry.
How long have you been offering this service? Since 2019.
Name of pharmacist: Rachel Potter.
How long have you been offering this service? Since 2012.
Rachel Carter speaks to Ravi Solanki, a pharmacist at Davina Pharmacy in Tyldesley, Manchester, about how their inhaler technique service is improving local patients’ lives