Isle of Wight to receive boost to GP practices

According to the Isle of Wight County Press, the island will soon receive a boost to its GP practices in the form of a clinical pharmacy team

GP surgeries across the Isle of Wight will soon receive the support of a new clinical pharmacy team.

The Isle’s GP federation, One Wight Health, has won £566,000 in funding from NHS England which will pay for the team and ensure that patients have improved accessed to the health professionals they need.

The pharmacists will work as part of a team, assisting GP surgeries as required.

Nick Puckett, chief officer of One Wight Health said: “We’re delighted to be awarded this funding for these posts on the Island.

“Clinical pharmacists have already played a huge role in helping those practices, where they have been operating on the Island, to improve access to healthcare professionals, reducing waiting times for patients and enabling GPs to focus their skills where they are most needed.

“This funding enables us to expand that opportunity to all practices across the island providing those benefits to the wider population and creating new Island jobs in the process.”

Caroline Allen, deputy head of Medicines Optimisation Isle of Wight CCG, added: “This is good news for patients and for GPs. The clinical pharmacists’ role is pivotal in the general practice team to help patients get the best out of their medicines.

“They can provide extra help to patients who have to manage multiple medicines and help them to improve the quality of their life. It will also help us to ensure a joined-up approach is in place for post-hospital care.”

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