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 2a skin services will be available for offer by any interested pharmacy .
Tier 2b services will only be available for offer by selected pharmacies. In Staffordshire and Shropshire these are the pharmacies that were delivering the ENT service prior to the service suspension (March 2020). In other areas there will be a selection process – this will be announced in due course, at this time NHSE&I are working on new SLAs and PGDs etc.
Community Pharmacy Extended Care Services Tier 1
Locally commissioned UTI service Tier 1 is returned October 2020 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 2a
Locally commissioned Skin Tier 2a 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.
Community Pharmacy Extended Care Services Tier 2b
Locally commissioned ENT Tier 2b 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.