Community Pharmacies

 

What to expect from your pharmacy team

What to expect from your pharmacy team

Pharmacists are experts in medicines who can help you with minor health concerns. They can help with your medicines, repeat prescriptions, minor illnesses, disposing of old medicines as well as many other services. To find out more visit www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/pharmacies/what-to-expect-from-your-pharmacy-team/

Understanding prescription charges and other health costs

Understanding prescription charges and other health costs

NHS prescription charges can be found here. For information about help with prescription costs and prescription charge expemptions, click here

Getting the right medicine

Getting the right medicine

Information to follow.

Community Pharmacy opening hours

Community Pharmacy opening hours

To find your local pharmacy and their opening hours, visit nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy

Understanding your medicines

Understanding your medicines

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Managing medicines day to day

Managing medicines day to day

There are various options available to patients to help with day to day management of medicines including for example, larger printed labels, easier containers to open and reminder charts.  Reviews of medicines by the community pharmacist or GP can help patients understand their medicines better and possibly simplify medicines regimes so that patients can manage medicines day to day in an easier way. We know from research that many medicines aren't always taken by patients as intended. Sometimes medicines are complex to manage particularly if you are taking several medicines and for a long term condition. We therefore encourage patients to have discussions with either the community pharmacist or dispensers in order to see what options for support are available. Information for patients and healthcare professionals including a number of resources to help can be found here:

Interventions To Improve Adherence & Patient Outcomes.

Support for medicines delivery using Volunteer Services

Support for medicines delivery using Volunteer Services

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Councils both have support services which can arrange volunteers to help with collecting and delivering individual patient’s medicines. However, volunteers will not be able to collect medicines on your behalf unless the community pharmacy or dispensing practice confirms that the prescription is ready and the medicines concerned are suitable for a volunteer to collect.

Further information can be found here on how to make an initial request.

Carers guide to managing medicines

Carers guide to managing medicines

Information to follow.

Campaigns

Campaigns

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Repeat dispensing

Repeat dispensing

Information to follow.

New Medicines Service (NMS)

New Medicines Service (NMS)

If you're prescribed a medicine to treat a long-term condition for the first time, you may be able to get extra help and advice about your medicine from your local pharmacist through a free scheme called the New Medicine Service (NMS). To find out more, click here

Community Pharmacies and palliative care medicines

Community Pharmacies and palliative care medicines

All NHS community pharmacies will stock medicines commonly used in palliative care but this list may be referenced for those pharmacies which stock increased levels of palliative care medicines. Having good and convenient access to these medicines means that patients can have the medicines at home they may need.

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Information that was held previously by NHS Herefordshire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, NHS South Worcestershire CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG was transferred to NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG on 1 April 2020.

The new CCG is the the new data controller. Any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new CCG should be directed to hw.enquiries@nhs.net.