The next stage of the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service (DMIRS) sees GPs in pilot areas refer patients with low acuity conditions – such as rashes, constipation and vaginal discharge – directly to community pharmacies via online triage systems.
The scheme began rolling out in Cumbria, north-east England, Cheshire and Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire over the past six weeks. It is expected to go live in Lancashire and South Cumbria on August 1, and West Yorkshire on September 2. NHS England confirmed to C+D that pharmacies will receive £14 for every patient consultation completed following a digital referral from a GP.
The scheme aims to relieve pressure on GP surgeries, while promoting pharmacies as the first place patients visit for