Pharmacists to offer more patient support

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ABOUT 430,000 patients across Gosport, Fareham, and south-east Hampshire will be able to get advice from a clinical pharmacist when they visit their GP next year.

It follows a successful pilot site bid for £337,200.

Funding will run over four years and is to be boosted by many of the 40 GP practices in the region that are part of the Fareham, Gosport and South East Hampshire Alliances, a limited company set up so surgeries can act in unison.

The money will enable the recruitment of one senior and five clinical pharmacists.

The news has been welcomed by Dr Donal Collins, who chairs the Alliances for Gosport and Fareham.

He said: ’Introducing these new ways of working across professional boundaries will be another hugely important step towards ensuring our patients get to see the most appropriate clinician for their needs, as well as relieving the growing pressure on many of our GPs.’

Recruitment of pharmacists for the initiative will start immediately.

Hopefully it will give patients the additional support by next spring.