Posted by: Brendan Fraser22 AUG 2011
Throughout these past few summer weeks I’ve had the all clear to be let loose at an independent pharmacy attached to a health centre. However things have been far busier than I pre-empted. The pharmacists are extremely busy and although ACTs are being used; things can be chaotic. However there have been times where I have been able to ask questions, which is always good I suppose (probably not for the pharmacists!).
More recently I have been able to make two interventions due to my questions. On one prescription there were two ACE inhibitors prescribed, on another rather recently there was slow-K prescribed with ACE inhibitors and diuretics. But the circumstances were slightly different than just this.
Being attached to the health centre as a student, I personally had the opportunity to go and explain the problem to the receptionist staff (who were and have been very wary of the new pharmacy boy).
One of the interventions led to a patient given a medication review and the other intervention led to the patient taking the potassium for a different time period. These were two positive outcomes.
However I have some experience in community pharmacy now and I feel that community pharmacy will be questioned again as it was before. I am sure those with more experience and knowledge than me may or may not again. But pharmacists are not just clinical checkers surely. We have an active role to play in medicines management and prescribing habits. It is vital also that interventions are logged appropriately.
Yes, I admit the receptionist is getting sick of the sight of me, but isn’t this what it's all about?
Again. These are my ideas and thoughts. I am worried for the future. We will be questioned... Are we prepared?