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All the things that could go wrong - looking ahead to the SNP conference

Ask Once, Get Help Fast? Pharmacy and Mental Health

Automation and Delegation in Pharmacy: Understanding the Moving Parts

Pharmacy First in Forth Valley One Year On

Initiatives Highlight Potential of Community Pharmacy

Trying to concentrate on the day job

Health and the Local Elections – a strange silence

The Pharmacist Will See You Now – The Growth of GP Pharmacy

Montgomery’s Review – Dr Brian Montgomery answers questions on access to new medicines in Scotland

An afternoon with SMC

Pharmacists at SMC

SMC – are drug firms voting with their feet?

Radical Surgery on the Horizon for Scotland’s NHS

The Future’s Bright – in General Practice

Community Pharmacy in a Changing Environment

Disclosing payments to doctors – has Sir Malcolm done the pharma industry a favour?

Health and Care in the First Minister’s Programme for Government

CMO: Scotland’s pharmacists “absolutely ideally placed” to practice Realistic Medicine

Profile: Maree Todd – MSP and Pharmacist

Scottish Parliament Health Committee Work Programme

Scotland’s new NHS – a Summer of Speculation

Scotland’s New Health Committee

Two million voices in Scotland – is integration the big opportunity to listen?

Medicines – levelling the playing field

Key appointment raises the bar for health & social care partnerships

What did our new MSPs do before?

SMC says no then NICE says yes – three times

SNP promises single formulary and a review of Scotland’s NHS

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Comparison of Funds: New Medicines v Cancer Drugs

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A tribute to five retiring MSPs

New Medicines Review - Health Committee sends findings to Government

Medicines New & Old in the Scottish Cancer Strategy

Great Ambitions, Slow Progress – New Models of Care in Scotland

Scottish Minsters Demand Up-Front Medicine Price Negotiation

Opportunity and Disappointment: MSPs Investigate New Medicines Access

Scottish NHS Strategy calls for 'Realistic Medicine'

The Scottish Model of Value for Medicines: Taking Everything into Consideration

When SMC Says No: An Access to Medicines Lottery

Reviewing the Review: Access to New Medicines in Scotland

A day of psephology and kidology

Insulting the Lifesavers

Worthy of Mention – Health and Science in the Honours List

News Silence from North of the Border

A Christmas PPRS Present from Pharma

Tuesday, June 06, 2017: Pharmacy First in Forth Valley One Year On

NHS Forth Valley is reporting results from its version of the Pharmacy First initiative, which it says prove the scheme is 'a big hit'.

With all 76 community pharmacies in the health board area taking part, 3,500 people were treated under the scheme from its launch in March 2016 to the start of April 2017. 

The majority of consultations were for urinary tract infections (79%) followed by impetigo (12%) and the remainder benefited from an existing scheme for pharmacists to prescribe and manage the treatment of people with COPD.

NHS Forth Valley now plans to extend the scope of its Pharmacy First programme to cover bacterial conjunctivitis, vaginal thrush, skin conditions such as eczema and contact dermatitis, and skin infections including cellulitis, insect bites and nail infections.

NHS Forth Valley's Acting Pharmacy Director Scott Hill said: "We are really pleased that the scheme has been successful as it not only helps takes pressure off busy GP services, but also makes it easier for people to access treatment as many pharmacies are open six days a week. Those based in supermarkets are also often open in the evenings and on Sundays."

Community pharmacists carry out a consultation in the pharmacy with the patient, providing advice and treatment if required, under locally agreed patient group directions (PGDs), before submitting monthly claims reports to the NHS Board.