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"Choose pharmacy" service to launch in Wales

By News team

Wales will launch a national common ailments service next month, the country’s chief pharmaceutical officer Roger Walker announced this week (9 September 2013).

Speaking at the 2013 Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference in Birmingham, Professor Walker said the service would be called "Choose pharmacy" to fit in with the wider NHS "Choose well" concept, and was to launch on 3 October 2013. "I think [the service] in many ways brings together our aspiration of getting community pharmacy more engaged in the front line," he said.

Inspiration was taken from Scotland’s IT systems to develop a system in Wales that gives pharmacists real-time access to the GP database. "It means that we can register patients who are registered with GPs in Wales," said Professor Walker, heralding this as a "small but significant step".

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11125581

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