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Ramadan – coronavirus resources for pharmacy teams

Community pharmacy contractors may receive a higher number of queries about the use of the coronavirus vaccine or coronavirus tests from patients who are Muslim during the month of Ramadan, which starts this week.* During Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, and consuming medicines is also not...

15 hours ago

Ask PSNC: FAQs on the C-19 test distribution service

The Services Team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service. Below are some of the questions asked this week. Q. If I supply as one transaction, four boxes of test kits to a person requesting kits for four people, do I get paid four transaction...

22 hours ago

COVID-19 Therapeutic Alert: inhaled Budesonide for adults with COVID-19

This afternoon (12th April 2021), a CAS alert has been issued containing guidance for prescribers in primary care and community pharmacies in relation to the therapeutic use of inhaled budesonide in adults (50 years and over) with COVID-19. This follows the recent announcement of the interim results from the National Institute for Health Research supported...

2 days ago

Pharmacy First

Pharmacy First Logo

Pharmacy First is currently commissioned by NHS Leeds CCG. It is commissioned to provide patients with more choice and easier access for self-care advice from a pharmacist for a range of common/less serious conditions. The service is commissioned to help release capacity in general practice by providing an appropriate alternative for the treatment of minor ailments. 

The Pharmacy First service encourages patients to self-care following advice from their pharmacist. Patients will only be recommended or provided with medication where absolutely necessary. 

Only patients registered with a Leeds GP are eligible for the Leeds Pharmacy First service.

 

 

*COVID-19 Update:

The face to face requirement for Pharmacy First patients has been temporarily lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic and a telephone consultation can be undertaken if that is clinically appropriate for the individual and their presenting condition. Pharmacists providing a telephone consultation should assess the patient’s condition using the same structured approach that they would usually apply, including identifying any concurrent medication or medical conditions which may affect the treatment of the patient and ensuring that any relevant red flag symptoms are recognised and responded to. The consultation must be recorded onto PharmOutcomes as per the usual process for face to face consultations (consultation form here: http://www.cpwy.org/doc/2675.pdf)

 Please remember, to be eligible for Pharmacy First patients must:

  • Be present - this requirement now temporarily waived in response to COVID-19.
  • Be currently suffering from one of the minor ailments included in the service - e.g. the service MUST NOT be used to supply medicines for "just in case" use.
  • Be exempt from prescription charges – remember to check this in case you need to complete the declaration on behalf of the patient.
  • Consent to share details with their GP - without this consent the patient cannot access Pharmacy First.
  • Be registered with a Leeds GP practice.

 

  

 NHS Leeds CCG Pharmacy First Service

NHS Leeds CCG has confirmed that Pharmacy First is to continue until 31st March 2022.  Please see service specification and updated formulary below.

 

Pharmacy First Service Extension Letter - Independents

Pharmacy First Service Extension Letter - Multiples

NHS Standard Contract 2019/20

Leeds Service Specification 2021/22

Leeds Formulary - April 2021

Leeds Consultation Form - 2020/21

 

 

Claims for this service are processed via PharmOutcomes.

 

 

Bulletins

Leeds Pharmacy First Bulletin - February 2019 

 

 

Resources

Service Guide 

Pharmacy Poster

GP Poster

Antibiotic Leaflet

Antibiotic Leaflet with Images

Cough Leaflet

Cough Leaflet with Images

Caring for Children with Coughs Leaflet

Self-Care Guide to Help You Treat Your Infection

Self Care Forum Factsheets

Patient.co.uk - Health information leaflets

Treat Yourself Better website - Not available as a leaflet but patients can be signposted to the website.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pages/hub.aspx

http://www.whenshouldiworry.com/view-booklet.php  

 

To support pharmacy teams in managing minor illnesses, including identifying red flag symptoms, PSNC has compiled a one-stop resource hub linking to the most up to date clinic resources on managing minor illnesses.  See Minor Illnesses Resource Hub.

 

If you have any queries about the Pharmacy First service, please contact Lisa Meeks by emailing lisa@cpwy.org.

 

 

Last Updated: 1st April 2021