As part of the Bay Health Cluster, we work collaboratively with our community pharmacy colleagues. Over the years you may have noticed that you are able to access more and more services through your community pharmacy.
From April 1st onwards, community pharmacies are being enabled to provide treatment for:
- common minor ailments
- offering access to medicines in an emergency
- emergency contraception
- will continue to offer the winter flu vaccine
Some of the common minor ailments you can get treated in the community pharmacy include:
- Cold sores
- Dry eyes
- Hay fever
You will find that your community pharmacy will begin to treat many more conditions and infections over the next few years so please keep your eyes peeled.
Did you know?
Pharmacists undergo in total 5 years of training before they become qualified pharmacists; 4 years training in university and 1 year learning in practice. Many pharmacists do further training to become prescribing pharmacists, and are now able to prescribe medicines for various conditions, both in the community and in the hospital.
Pharmacists whether working in the GP surgery, community pharmacy or in the hospital work very closely with many other health care professionals who they can always liaise with as necessary.
Pharmacy teams comprise of many different people including pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy dispensing assistants who are integral in the process of us all receiving our medicines. You may find with the Pharmacist being able to prescribe more medicines, that you see more of the other vitally important members of the pharmacy team.
We are proud to work very closely with Community Pharmacy across our collaborative network.
Always speak to your community pharmacist to see what services they have available for you.