Community Pharmacy Consultation Scheme (CPCS)
The Aim is for Community Pharmacists to work closely with the local GP surgery to reduce pressure on GP appointments.
The scheme is to try and get minor illness's away from the practice leaving the GPs to deal with more complex cases
Community pharmacists are highly qualified clinicians and can offer medical advice for minor injuries and illnesses.
If you contact your GP to discuss a minor illness or injury, your GP receptionist may offer you a same-day consultation with your community pharmacist.
During your consultation, your pharmacist will take your medical history, ask about your symptoms and any current medication you might be taking.
Following the consultation, they will offer you advice and where appropriate, offer you an over-the-counter product. Some pharmacists are also able to offer anti-biotics.
The pharmacist will make a record of the outcome of your consultation on your patient record.
If having given you advice/treatment, your pharmacist thinks you may need further specialist help they will be able to refer you back to your GP or recommend another health service for support.