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Common ailments and clusters: how Wales became a pharmacy trailblazer

Common ailments and clusters: how Wales became a pharmacy trailblazer

In March, Andrew Evans, the chief pharmaceutical officer for Wales, announced the successful rollout of the Choose Pharmacy scheme – which includes a common ailments service, discharge medicines reviews and an emergency supply service – to 70% of pharmacies across the country.

It marked a stark contrast with Wales's neighbour England, where attempts at a national minor ailments strategy have repeatedly failed.

Since Mr Evans’ announcement, Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething has also set out a national rollout of the NHS 111 service over the next three years – with community pharmacists forming a “core part” of its multidisciplinary teams. There are even plans for a sore throat ‘test and treat’ pilot, due to begin in the

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