Survey results include:
Linda Lord, chief pharmacist, NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “These survey results are incredibly encouraging as they show that most people are aware of just how much help and advice is available from their local pharmacy.
“No one nowadays expects to receive wine, coffee or face powder on prescription. Today, many people recognise the changing role of the NHS as well as realizing that popping in to the pharmacy for advice and purchasing medicine for a minor health condition is far quicker and just as effective as making an appointment at the GP practice.”
Catherine Butler, head of GP prescribing,NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The role of the pharmacist in the community is far more prominent now than it ever has been. Previously, the first port of call would usually have been the GP surgery. Pharmacists now have the recognition they deserve – they are highly skilled health care professionals.
“The survey endorses our belief that many people are making the appropriate choice in where to seek help when they are ill. However, in 2016/17 the NHS locally spent around £3.2 million on prescription medicine that could have been purchased from the pharmacy. We would encourage as many people as possible to use pharmacy services.”
Examples of medicines that can easily be purchased from a community pharmacy for minor conditions are:
Hay fever tablets, indigestion remedies, pain killers, moisturisers, rubs for muscle/ joint pain, treatments for diarrhoea, eye drops for dry eyes and vitamins.
See list of items previously available on NHS prescription
Read this informative Think Pharmacist leaflet
Issued by The Communications Team on 01473 770014
NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group – www.ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk
NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group – www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk