Pharmacists bid to do Gordon Brown's screening work

Pharmacists are bidding to offer the screening programme announced by Gordon Brown, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

David Pruce, RPSGB director of practice and quality improvement, said: ‘Pharmacists already have expertise in patient screening, and it makes sense that these further screening plans are rolled out in the pharmacy.

‘Utilising the skills of pharmacists provides an opportunity to free up GPs, who don’t have the time or capacity to screen patients and provide further follow up. By exploiting pharmacy services GPs can use their time more effectively to treat those patients identified as at risk.’

Under the prime minister’s proposals, all patients regardless of age or risk profile, would be eligible for tests for diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung diseases, CVD and stroke risk.

It is expected that diagnostic tests will be made available at GP surgeries.

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