John Bell & Croyden pharmacy launches InResidence Health Clinic

NEWS - 16TH MARCH 2022

New clinic enables patients to access a wide range of specified medications direct from a pharmacist, without a prescription from a GP

The John Bell & Croyden pharmacy has announced the launch of a private patient group direction (PGD) clinic, which enables patients to access specified medications without a visit to a GP. Known as the InResidence Health Clinic, it allows pharmacists to supply and administer licensed medicines to patients who fit certain clinical criteria, freeing them of the need to seek a prescription.

This includes medication for obesity, urinary tract infections, throat infections, ear infections, flu, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, allergies and a variety of skin conditions, as well as emergency inhaler supply and vaccinations for travel and occupational health.

With healthcare services still feeling the pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic, community pharmacies are increasingly aiming to provide a safe route for patients to access timely care, while easing the pressure on GPs.

James Gray, healthcare services manager for John Bell & Croyden, said: “During the pandemic, doctor’s surgeries became a lot more physically inaccessible. Throughout this time, pharmacies remained open and patients became increasingly aware of what pharmacists can offer. There has been an increase in waiting times for patients to get assessed and diagnosed, and we hope our service can help relieve these pressures and give patients a safe route to access care, particularly in cases where they present with a relatively common, straightforward issue.”