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Pharmacy First Service revolutionises access to healthcare in England

The launch of the new Pharmacy First Service marks a significant step in expanding access to healthcare in England. Community pharmacists are now equipped to treat seven common conditions, such as sinusitis and urinary tract infections, without patients needing to visit their general practice. This initiative, supported by NHS England, aims to save up to 10 million general practice appointments annually, enhancing convenience and efficiency for patients. With over 10,000 participating pharmacies, this service builds on recent expansions in pharmacy healthcare offerings. To ensure effectiveness, specific clinical pathways have been developed and approved by medical experts. This transformative approach not only empowers patients with greater healthcare choices but also underscores the invaluable role of pharmacists in primary care.

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