Our new animation is being launched today to raise awareness of the NHS Minor Ailments Service available from community pharmacies.
Watch NHS Minor Ailment Service animation
The animation was developed with pharmacist Jasmeen Islam, Deputy Head of Medicines Management at the North West Commissioning Support Unit for the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG is rolling out the minor aliments service in over 80 community pharmacies in Wirral.
Jasmeen said: “The NHS is under pressure and it doesn’t make sense to wait for a GP appointment for a minor health problem when you could be seen the same day by your local pharmacist.
“The Wirral Minor Ailments Service is very much aligned with the national Five Year Forward View to make greater use of pharmacists, to increase patient choice and convenience for treatment for these conditions. The animation will be key to raising awareness of the service and to the value of community pharmacy. The CCG will be using the animation across a number of settings including GP practice waiting rooms.”
Dr Pete Naylor, Chairman, NHS Wirral CCG said, “This service will help our patients have local and ready access to information about common medical ailments and easy access to treatments.
“It also represents our commitment to working in a much more joined up way with our pharmacist colleagues to meet the needs of our patients, safely and conveniently, and to help our local hospital with its increasing pressures at A&E.”
RPS President Ash Soni said: “We want the public and other health professionals to better understand the care that pharmacists can offer, and this animation is part of that.
“Research shows the results for patients are just as good when they are treated for minor ailments at a pharmacy as when they are treated at a GP surgery or A&E.
“I’m delighted that great NHS care will be more widely available to people in Wirral via their local pharmacy. I’d like to see this service available nationwide.
The animation can be embedded on other sites via YouTube