Pharmacy Sunday opening continues

Lloyds Pharmacy is just one of those taking part in the scheme.
Lloyds Pharmacy is just one of those taking part in the scheme.

A pilot scheme improving Sunday access to pharmacies in Wigtownshire is continuing for another three months – with pharmacists now being able to provide even more support for patients.

The scheme was launched in December, with pharmacies in Stranraer and Newton Stewart opening each Sunday on a rotational basis - with the rota and opening hours being widely publicised.

Prescribing Support Pharmacist Leanne Drummond said: “We are three months into this pilot and we’re pleased to say that even more help is now available at weekends in Wigtownshire.”

Encouraging everyone to think ‘Pharmacy First’, Leanne added:“Anyone can go to their pharmacy for advice and treatment for minor ailments and children, people over 60 or on certain benefits may not need to pay for treatments.

“Recently, a new service has been introduced and patients can now access free advice and/or treatment for uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women aged 16 to 65 years and for impetigo, including treatments that were previously only available on a GP prescription.

“There are some symptoms that can prevent your pharmacist from treating you and you may need to be referred by the pharmacist to a doctor.”

Leanne added: “Pharmacies continue to offer excellent advice and help. If you run out of your prescribed medicines and your surgery is closed, or a GP is not available, then the pharmacy may now be able to provide an urgent supply of your repeat medicines.

“Calling your pharmacy on a Sunday instead of NHS 24 could help free up the service.”