Clinical Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

The Pharmacy service (consisting of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians) aims to support patients to gain the maximum benefit from their prescribed medication and to provide patients with advice about their medication. Working closely with the patient's General Practitioner (GP), the pharmacy team will optimise and review the patient's medicines, ensuring that the patient is taking medication safely and appropriately, and that their health and the medication is being monitored. 

The pharmacy team primarily do this by conducting in-depth structured medication reviews of those patients who may be having problems with their medication or are taking large numbers of different medicines, (polypharmacy). When issues are highlighted particularly those pertaining to safety, the team will discuss this with the patient agree a plan of how to manage the problem.

In addition to supporting patients directly, the service also provides medicines information and advice to all primary healthcare staff including GPs, nurses, and administration staff in practices.

The pharmacy team currently consists of 5 pharmacists, one pharmacy technician and 4 pre-registration pharmacy technicians. Patients may be referred to the service by their GP, practice staff, or patients may refer themselves if they have a concern about their medication. Patients can be seen face to face at their surgery or contacted by telephone. 

The following video produced by the NHS helps to explain what a Clinical Pharmacist is:

 

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