Pharmacy Sunday opening continues

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.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 23rd March 2018, 9:00 am
Lloyds Pharmacy is just one of those taking part in the scheme.
Lloyds Pharmacy is just one of those taking part in the scheme.

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.

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“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.”