Expansion of Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice scheme to benefit more Surrey patients

19th July 2017

NHS England has announced that patients in the East Surrey, West Byfleet, Surrey Downs and Surrey Heath areas will benefit from having pharmacists working in local GP surgeries, as part of a further roll out of the national Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice scheme.

Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team by providing expertise on day-to-day medicine issues and consultations with patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage patients’ long-term conditions, such as helping to manage a patient’s high blood pressure earlier and more effectively to prevent cardiovascular disease; advice for patients on taking multiple medications; and offering better access to health checks.

Having clinical pharmacists working in GP practices means GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with complex conditions. This helps GPs manage the demands on their time and ensures that patients can see the health professional that best suits their needs and can get quicker access to clinical advice.

To find out more about the scheme and see what GP’s are benefiting, please read the full letter here.