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Over 60 wheezes coughs or sneezesNovember 19 2014

Pharmacy’s role in helping deal with winter pressure was picked up by the national media with the launch of this year’s campaign.

The Department of Health’s announcement of a further £300 million to help the NHS frontline services also included the advice for people “to seek early advice from their local pharmacist. Those with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma or bronchitis, are particularly vulnerable, and for frailer and older people, even the common cold can become more serious.”

The winter campaign is described as “one of the widest winter planning exercises the NHS has ever seen.” It points out that accident and emergency departments are seeing 3,000 extra attendances every day compared to the situation in 2010.

David Flory, Chief Executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority, said: “The NHS is going into winter when it is already under significant pressure, but clinicians and managers in hospitals up and down the country are all working hard to make sure that patients get the care they need when they need it.

“We know that some organisations face challenges and that’s why it’s important we do all we can to support those local teams, so today’s additional investment is very welcome.”

Responding to the announcement, Rob Darracott, chief executive of Pharmacy Voice said: “For the NHS to survive far more care needs to be delivered locally. Community pharmacy should be a core part of this and it is very promising that the Secretary of State is encouraging more people to make better use of their pharmacy team to deal with the common conditions we all suffer with from time to time.

“NHS England has also actively promoted pharmacy as a key first contact point for care over the past year through campaigns such as ‘feeling under the weather’, messaging which is consistent with the ‘treat yourself better with pharmacist advice’ message we are promoting with our colleagues at PAGB.

“Up to 20% of a GP’s time can be spent dealing with the common ailments such as colds, coughs and hay fever that can be dealt with by a pharmacy so there could be significant benefits across the health service to greater involvement of pharmacy. If we are to achieve the kind of shift in the patterns of care needed to relieve the pressures that continue to build across the NHS, then we need to kick start that change across the whole system.

“Simply giving greater funding to hospitals and GPs will not enable primary care as a whole to help. Commissioners need to look more closely at what pharmacy can deliver, including recognising that under-doctored does not mean an absence of primary care.

“Beyond this we need to support the public more; helping people to self-care will help to slow the build-up in doctors’ waiting rooms and accident and emergency departments, leaving them free to deal with the patients they need to see.”

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DoH winter pressure announcement

Pharmacy Voice response

Today’s Pharmacist coverage of ‘Under the weather’ campaign

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