Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes, has welcomed the move to a Pharmacy First model implemented through the community pharmacist consultation service (CPCS).
Caulfield, who continues to practice as a nurse, said she is encouraging her local residents to make better use of clinical expertise closer to home rather than going direct to a GP or A&E.
“The role of pharmacists is an important part of the NHS Long Term Plan, and I am encouraging local residents to make better use of their clinical expertise closer to home,” she said.
“Pharmacists are highly skilled health professionals who have 5 years of training, giving them expert knowledge on how to use medicines to support patients. Residents can keep the help and advice that they need often quicker than seeing their GP while leaving appointments or A&E spaces for those more in need.”
Since its launch in October 2019, CPCS so far benefited over 114,275 patients with minor illness or urgent medication needs with same-day pharmacist referrals. As of January 15, a total of 10,645 pharmacies have signed up to deliver the service.
“If in any doubt about where to seek medical help NHS 111 can direct people to the appropriate resources, including arranging contact with local GPs, and in emergencies, residents should always call 999 or go to A&E,” the MP said.