Pharmacists to do screenings

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

David Pruce, RPSGB director of practice and quality improvement, said: '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 GP time. By exploiting pharmacy services GPs can use their time more effectively to treat at-risk patients.'

Under the 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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