Why pharmacists should be involved
The community pharmacist is a trusted source of information and advice for their patients and about 90% of the adult population visit a community pharmacy al least once a year. This presents and important opportunity for pharmacists and their staff to motivate and empower their customers to improve their health.
Health Improvement covers a wide range of topics some examples are discussed below and the topics boxes give a little more detail.
Health Improvement targets for Scotland can be found by linking into the Scottish Executive’s website
Stopping smoking is one of the most important health improvement interventions. Community pharmacy can supply nicotine replacement therapy or varenicline to help patients stop smoking.
Advice on healthy living
Pharmacists can provide the right advice on healthy living and signpost patients to the best resources to achieve their health improvement goals.
Reduce health inequalities
Community pharmacy offers the Minor Ailments Scheme (MAS) which allows medicines such as head lice treatments to be supplied free of charge on prescription directly from the pharmacy. This improves access to over the counter medicines for all households.
Managing long term conditions
Many long term conditions require health improvement interventions in addition to medicines which might be prescribed.
Good mental health is of key importance to maintaining good general health. Pharmacists should know where to signpost patients for appropriate support as they may need more assistance in managing their daily living requirements. Also patients suffering from poor mental health may need more support to make important lifestyle changes.
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