Today is the first day of ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’ (6-13 November), which encourages high street pharmacies to promote their services and find out more about their local community.
Most people are unaware of the services offered by their local pharmacy, which is why the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Discover Your Local Pharmacy’,
Pharmacists are experts in the prevention and management of minor ailments. They can provide immediate consultations and in some cases, prescribe low risk medication on behalf of the GP. Patients can speak to their local pharmacist without an appointment, which makes it quicker and easier for them to get advice on their condition.
Utilising community pharmacies for minor ailments can also help to reduce demand for GP and emergency care services.
Benefits of shared data
To recommend the best course of treatment, a pharmacist will need more details about a patient’s medical history. This includes information such as their current and past medication, allergies, recent tests and examinations.
The Medical Interoperability Gateway can provide pharmacists with instant access to all this information within their day to day system. Being able to view additional patient data from GPs, NHS trusts and social care providers can help pharmacists to make informed decisions at the point of care.
How have other pharmacies used the MIG?
Find out how pharmacies across Cumbria have benefited from real time access to GP records.
Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2017
For more information about Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2017 and get involved, go to the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) website.