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Boots pilots £14 private independent prescribing service

Boots: The service will be “particularly useful during the busy Christmas and winter season"
Boots: The service will be “particularly useful during the busy Christmas and winter season"

Boots is piloting private independent prescribing clinics in Cambridge, London, Slough and Nottingham, with consultations starting from £14.

Patients with conditions such as ear and throat infections, or in need of contraception or delaying their period, will be able to have a consultation with a pharmacist independent prescriber, the multiple announced on Monday (December 16).

Following the consultation the pharmacist will, if needed, be able to prescribe “appropriate prescription-only medicines,” a Boots spokesperson said.

It is not yet clear how many branches are participating in the pilot, and the health and beauty giant has not provided an opening date for the clinics.

However, Boots added that the service will be “particularly useful during the busy Christmas and winter season, when patients may need to access a medical professional at a time and place that is convenient to them”.

In January, Boots launched a private urinary tract infection (UTI) test and treat service in 37 pharmacies in London, Sheffield and Cardiff.

The multiple also announced in September that it would trial GP video consultations in a branch in Woking, Surrey, as part of an NHS service. It has since launched a private version of the service in its London Liverpool Street branch.

What do you make of the private independent prescriber service?

Industry Pharmacist, Head/Senior Manager

The prescribers will be earning a pittance compared to when I qualified 5 years ago. The market is saturated and that's why I'm glad I work in the industry.

R A, Community pharmacist

I think its a real bad idea simply because of the recent issues associated with pharmacist independent prescriber. The issue needs to be resolved first but my guess is I am in the minority.  



Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

How much will these prescribers be earning?

Dee dee, Community pharmacist

Will be forgotten by Sunday.

Mike Bereza, Community pharmacist

That's pretty funny.

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