A pilot project that aimed to improve patient access to medication to treat minor ailments, which has been up and running in Millom and Barrow-in-Furness, is now available in pharmacies across the Furness peninsula from Monday 15 September. The Community Pharmacy Minor Ailment Scheme was launched in May this year by NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Murrays Pharmacy in Ormsgill, Barrow-in-Furness and Rowlands and Boots Pharmacies in Millom. The scheme started seeing positive results immediately with patients using their local pharmacy for minor ailments, help and advice rather than making a GP appointment.
The scheme allows patients that are exempt from paying for their prescriptions to access a range of basic medicines to help them self-manage minor ailments such as coughs, colds, athlete’s foot, head lice, indigestion and sickness. NHS Cumbria CCG Furness Locality has been monitoring both projects in Barrow and Millom and is holding regular review meetings with the pharmacies and GPs. Feedback gathered from users of the service has shown positive results and very high rates of patient satisfaction.
In total, 19 pharmacies across the Furness Peninsula will become part of the Community Pharmacy Minor Ailment Scheme and a full list of all participating pharmacies is available on the NHS Cumbria CCG website at www.cumbria.ccg.nhs.uk <http://www.cumbria.ccg.nhs.uk>