Community Pharmacist Consultation Service
The NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service
Lyme Bay Medical Practice is working closely with local pharmacists to support you with certain minor health conditions.
It may be more appropriate to have your NHS consultation with a trained pharmacist instead of the GP practice. You can choose a pharmacy convenient to you and we will arrange this for you. Your consultation will either be by phone or video call, or you can go into the pharmacy. With your consent, the pharmacist will let us know what happened at your consultation to make sure your medical record is updated.
The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) was launched in October 2019 to ensure people are seen by the right healthcare professional by using the skills and medicines knowledge of our community pharmacists. CPCS helps to improve access to primary care services and provides more convenient treatment closer to patients’ homes.
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How does the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service work?
Community pharmacists are part of the NHS family. The traditional role of the community pharmacist as the healthcare professional who dispenses prescriptions has changed. In recent years community pharmacists have been developing clinical services in addition to dispensing of medication which enables better integration and team working with the rest of the NHS. This supports the principle of ‘right healthcare professional, at the right time at the right place’.
Pharmacists are trained to advise about medicines and can support you with a range of minor health conditions. Therefore, to ensure that you get the right treatment for a minor illness or an urgent supply of regular medicine as quickly as possible, it may be more appropriate for us to refer you to a trained pharmacist instead of attending one of our surgeries.
We can arrange a consultation, and you can choose a pharmacy convenient to you. Your NHS consultation with a pharmacist may be via phone, video call, or at a pharmacy. Based on your symptoms, your pharmacist can advise and suggest a treatment that can help. If the pharmacist thinks you need to see another healthcare professional, they will help to arrange this.
Please be assured that an NHS consultation with a pharmacist will be confidential – anything you discuss will be kept private. Following your consultation, with your consent, they will let us know what happened to ensure your medical record is updated.
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