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Pharmacists take on GP role

30th October 2007

A newly launched service has been signed up to by around 39,000 people across the Forth Valley so they can be given health advice by pharmacists rather than their GP.

Patients will undergo an assessment by a pharmacist and be prescribed the appropriate medication. The service is accessible to patients with "minor illnesses" who do not pay for prescriptions and is designed to allow pharmacists to play a bigger part in health care.

NHS Forth Valley's chief pharmacist, Susan Bishop, said: "You can register at any time. It is an easy way to get advice or treatment for a minor ailment without having to visit your GP."



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Article Information

Title: Pharmacists take on GP role
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 4602
Date Added: 30th Oct 2007

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