Community Pharmacy Extended Care Suite of Services
Now called Community Pharmacy Extended Care Services there will be a whole family of services commissioned by NHSE&I in Staffordshire and Shropshire.
The old Pharmacy First name was “retired” amid confusion over which services had ended when common ailments services were decommissioned.
Community Pharmacy Extended Care Services
The service has two tiers:
Tier 1 services can be offered by any interested pharmacy and include the relaunched UTI service and a new eye service.
Tier 2 services can only be offered by selected pharmacies, these are the pharmacies that were delivering the ENT service prior to it’s suspension in March.
Community Pharmacy Extended Care Services Tier 1
Locally commissioned UTI service Tier 1 is returning this month with a new name, new SLA and new PGD. More details can be found on the Extended Care UTI page of this website.
A new Tier 1 locally commissioned acute bacterial conjunctivitis service service is being commissioned, allowing pharmacies to supply chloramphenicol for moderate to severe acute bacterial infection in under 2s. Pharmacists are reminded that antibiotics are not first line treatment for this condition. Details can be found on the Extended Care acute bacterial conjunctivitis page of this website.
Community Pharmacy Extended Care Services Tier 2
Locally commissioned Skin Tier 2 service is in the final stages of commissioning. This will allow treatment of impetigo, infected eczema and infected insect bites. ENT pharmacies were already treating infected bites and eczema and the old impetigo service is being moved into this Tier 2 service.
Locally commissioned ENT Tier 2 service will be introduced as soon as possible- NHSE&I and the LPC are currently working on the new SLA and PGDs, along with designing some refresher training to allow the restart of this highly acclaimed service. As soon as this is ready to go we will let the pharmacies know.