Community pharmacy has always been characterised by a mix of co-operation in the patient interest and competition for patient loyalty. We hear how pharmacists have been collaborating with each other and their health service colleagues.
Helen Walker, chief executive of national carers charity Carers UK, explains the extensive difficulties facing carers during the COVID pandemic and how pharmacies are helping to alleviate some of the stresses.
Most people can walk to a pharmacy within a matter of minutes and get expert help without an appointment. That’s a level of access that is unrivalled elsewhere in the health service. At the same time, pharmacies are increasingly offering remote consultations, a development accelerated by the COVID-19 lockdown.