What is Pharmacy+ Clinic?
Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time for advice and treatment for minor health problems – just walk in. What’s more, many pharmacies are open in the evening and at the weekend.
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and minor ailments and can treat many common health complaints. They can give advice or, if appropriate, medicines that will help clear up the problem. If your problem is more serious, your pharmacist will advise you to see your GP.
Who can use the scheme?
Any patient registered with a GP in Fylde and Wyre can use the scheme. Patients who are under 16 years of age can use the scheme but should have a parent, guardian or carer with them when they speak to the pharmacist.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to take part in the scheme. If you do not normally pay for prescriptions, the pharmacist will be able to give you free medicine for a minor condition or illness. If you have to pay prescription charges, you will pay the normal prescription fee to the pharmacist or buy the medicine over the counter, which is usually less expensive than paying for a prescription.
What are the benefits of the scheme?
The scheme has been designed to help local people get the most appropriate health advice and medication quickly and conveniently for minor health problems. If everybody went to a pharmacist with common health problems, GPs would have more time to deal with patients who have more serious and complicated illnesses. This should make it easier to get a convenient appointment with your GP next time you need one.
How does the scheme work?
- Go to your local pharmacy and ask about the Pharmacy+ Clinic scheme.
- The pharmacist, or a qualified member of their team, will offer you a confidential consultation to talk about your symptoms.
- The pharmacist or pharmacy assistant will fill in a consultation form on the computer.
- They will give you advice about your health problem and what to do if you suffer from the same problem again.
- If the pharmacist or pharmacy assistant thinks it is appropriate, they will give you medication.
- If you do not normally pay for prescriptions, you will be asked to sign an exemption declaration (just like signing the back of a prescription).