The Government is encouraging more people to ‘love their pharmacist’ by visiting them for things like coughs and colds. It comes as the RPS I Love My Pharmacist competition enters the next stage with public voting for 18 regional finalists now open.
The competition aims to find Britain’s best-loved pharmacist and celebrate the great work that all pharmacists from all sectors do, on a daily basis, going above and beyond the call of duty in the name of excellent patient care.
Seeing a pharmacist can significantly reduce pressure on other parts of the health service. For example, on average, around a fifth of GPs time is spent treating people for conditions that could be dealt with by a community pharmacist. It is also estimated that almost 1 in 10 visits to A&E could be dealt with by a pharmacist.
Alistair Burt, Pharmacy Minister said: “Community pharmacists are a major resource for our health service and they do a fantastic job, helping people to manage their health and stay well. Since nearly all of us live within walking distance of our local pharmacist, we should all make use of their skills more often.
“Patients want fast, effective treatment and pharmacists can help many people, without the need for them to go to other NHS care settings”.
Ash Soni, RPS President continued: “As a pharmacist, I’m proud to serve my local community and delighted our competition celebrates the contribution these ‘unsung’ heroes’ make to our health service improving patient care. If you have any questions about your medicines just pop into your local pharmacy. You don’t need an appointment and you’ll get expert advice”.
Ash has also been speaking to BBC Radio Somerset about when to go and see your pharmacist:
To find out more about what pharmacists do and what services they offer visit www.ilovemypharmacist.co.uk
Vote for your favourite pharmacist in the RPS I Love My Pharmacist competition. Voting closes on 29th September.
The Government and NHS England are helping to boost the role of pharmacists by:
• Inceasing the number of pharmacists as part of the commitment to deliver 10,000 more primary care staff by 2020
• Investing £7.5 million into community pharmacy to increase training and tools
• Recruiting clinical pharmacists into GP surgeries, backed by NHS England’s investment of £15m.