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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.
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Right Medicine Pharmacy
Gill Harrington, pharmacist manager and IP at Right Medicine Pharmacy in Kyle of Lochalsh, talks to Saša Janković about running a chronic pain and palliative care service.
Mark Hopkins, owner and superintendent pharmacist at Hopwoods Pharmacy in Llanedeyrn, tells Saša Janković about how tackling his own pain led him to set up a pain clinic.
Sunil Kochhar, consultant pharmacist and IP at Regent Pharmacy in Gravesend, Kent, talks to Saša Janković about partnering with a neighbouring osteopath to help customers tackle pain.
Fferyllwyr Llyn Cyf pharmacy
Steffan John, superintendent pharmacist and IP at Fferyllwyr Llyn Cyf pharmacy in North Wales, talks to Saša Janković about running an Acute Conditions Service.
Pharmacist and IP Jon Smith talks to Saša Janković about running a medicines withdrawal service at Mayberry Pharmacy in Newport.
Pharmacist and IP Fiona McElrea, owner of Whithorn Pharmacy in Dumfries and Galloway, talks to Saša Janković about offering pain management advice as part of Scotland’s new Pharmacy First service.
Ade Williams, superintendent pharmacist and IP at Bedminster Pharmacy in Bristol, talks to Saša Janković about running a joint pain clinic.
The Health Dispensary
Developing relationships with trusted practitioners has been key to making the Health Dispensary’s pain management service a success, says superintendent Ali Sparkes.
RE&CO Alman Ltd
Pharmacist Robert Alman says this service is all about informing, advising and educating patients to give them an idea of how they can manage pain themselves.
Al Noor pharmacy
Alan Abid from Al Noor Pharmacy says offering a back pain service has allowed him to better support patients, rather than constantly referring onto a GP.