Practice Clinical Pharmacist

Introduction:

Umbrella Medical employs Clinical Pharmacist within each of our 5 practices. Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to continue to improve the quality care provided from advice on medicines through face to face medication reviews to providing same day urgent access for patients with common minor ailments. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medicines and better access to health checks. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.

Having clinical pharmacists in GP practices means GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with more complex conditions. This helps GPs manage the demands on their time.

Role of clinical pharmacist:

  1. Conduct medication review clinics to discuss your medication in depth, optimise and synchronise medication.
  2. Management of Minor ailments for patients requiring an urgent on the day appointment for:
  • Chest infections
  • Throat infections
  • Eye and Ear infections
  • Urine infections
  • High temperatures
  • Medication queries
  1. Resolve medicine issues and provide advice.
  2. Check medication changes following a hospital admission, and ensure patients receive the medicines they need following discharge.
  3. Prescribing within areas of competence (for Independent Prescribers).
  4. Management of long term conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis or high blood pressure etc…
  5. Management of repeat prescribing process to improve access to medicines.
  6. Following a stay in hospital -If your medicines have been changed while you were in hospital, the clinical pharmacist can help explain these changes and ensure you get the maximum benefit from these medicine

By having a pharmacist on our team, we aim to reduce waiting times for appointments, improve patient health outcomes, improve screening and diagnosis of chronic and common ailments, reduce A&E admissions and attendances, reduce medicines wastage, and overall, improve patient safety regarding use of medicines.

If you would like to book an urgent appointment for the above minor ailments or medication review please call reception.  You will be booked in with our Practice Clinical Pharmacist at the earliest opportunity.

You should attend for a medication review every 12 months with the Practice Clinical Pharmacist so that we can ensure that you are getting the most from your medications.    Ask at reception when your next review is due.