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a wintry scene imageDecember 18 2017

Community pharmacy as a source of advice and medicines is to feature prominently in Scotland’s Winter Resilience programme. 

The Scottish Government has announced NHS Boards will get an additional £8.4 million ahead of the busy Christmas and New Year period. Money will be spent on core areas for the programme including:

  • to promote community pharmacies as a key resource for supporting self-care and to allow better urgent access to medicines;
  • NHS 24 should provide enhanced support for self-management, where appropriate, and direction to attend and receive the right care service, where needed;
  • to improve arrangements for enhancing staff uptake of seasonal flu vaccine, and to promote better uptake in population target groups.

The funding is being made available to support implementation of Sir Lewis Ritchie’s report on public holiday working across health and social care, published on December 11. The report also makes recommendations about how hospitals, out of hours services, and social care can be better supported.

It notes: “During public holiday periods, a large number of contacts with NHS 24 and Primary Care OOH services are about accessing previously prescribed medicines. We believe that there should be a stronger focus on enhancing the role of community pharmacies to support self-care, provide better access to medicines and also to promote better use of the Minor Ailment Service (MAS).”

It calls for greater awareness and availability of Urgent Care Patient Group Directives (PGDs) and the Pharmacy First initiative for access to medicines.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “We expect challenges over winter and NHS boards are coping well with the demands placed on them so far. Thousands of NHS, social care, independent and third sector staff work extremely hard on public holidays and throughout the year, providing a lifeline of care and support to patients across Scotland. 

“Boards have already made progress implementing the recommendations Sir Lewis and his team put forward in their planning and preparation this winter. Going forward, I would expect partnership and professional organisations to be fully engaged in the design and delivery of all planned changes to services and the workforce.”

Links:
Scottish Government announcement      
Scottish Government ‘Improving Health and Social Care Service Resilience over Public Holidays’ report    

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