The ever-expanding role of a pharmacist means new pilot schemes are popping up in community pharmacies throughout the UK, delivering care in areas that the profession has not traditionally been involved in.
But how are these services faring? C+D speaks to the pharmacists leading three pilots to see how they are getting on.
London hepatitis C pilot
Eight pharmacies in London took part in piloting a service that launched in November 2017, testing intravenous drug users, who use needle exchange services in community pharmacies, for hepatitis C. The theory was that pharmacies are an accessible place for these patients, as it is often hard for them to reach treatment in GP practices.
In this first phase, run by hepatitis C treatment organisation the London Joint Working Group,