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RPS in the media on Pharmacy First service in England

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Following the recent announcement that a Pharmacy First service, along with contraception and blood pressure services, will shortly begin to rollout in community pharmacies in England, Dr James Davies, RPS Director for England, spoke to BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme about the benefits the services will bring to patients.

James talked about concerns over pharmacy pressures and highlighted that the investment by the government is a strategic move to enhance patient care.

RPS England recently welcomed the announcement of the new services, which will soon be delivered through community pharmacies in England as part of the primary care access recovery plan.

Women in England will be able to access contraceptive pills directly from pharmacies from December 2023. Starting on 31st January 2024, Pharmacy First will provide treatment for sinusitis, sore throat, earache, infected insect bite, impetigo, shingles, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women. Blood pressure checks will also be expanded with the ambition to cover 2.5 million annually by Spring 2025.

Listen to the interview below.

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