Pharmacists being brought into Plymouth GPs to help out

CREDIT: This story was first seen in The Herald

GPs across Plymouth will be bringing pharmacists into their surgeries in a bid to help doctors focus their skills where they are most needed, The Herald reports.

GPs across Plymouth will be bringing pharmacists into their surgeries in a bid to help doctors focus their skills where they are most needed.

Hundreds of thousands more patients in the South West will soon have access to expert advice on medication and care from pharmacists when they visit their GP surgery.

Patients at other practices are already seeing the benefits of support from pharmacists, following a pilot scheme that was launched in 2015.

Clinical pharmacists will work as part of the general practice team to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and to consult with and treat patients directly.

This will include providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advising patients on multiple medication and increasing access to health checks.

In Plymouth alone, 164,500 patients will benefit from the additional pharmacists across the 20 surgeries earmarked for the extra staff.

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