Wider range of services to be provided by pharmacies across Wales from next spring

Pharmacies in Wrexham and across Wales will be able to offer an extended range of services from April 2022 as part of substantial reforms agreed by the Welsh Government.

The changes, which have been welcomed by Wrexham’s Member of the Senedd, Lesley Griffiths, will enable every community pharmacy to provide a wide-reaching range of clinical services, meaning patients will have access to NHS services closer to home.

It is also hoped the reforms will free up GP and other NHS services for patients with more complex needs.

The Welsh Government has approved changes following re-negotiation of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework with Community Pharmacy Wales, the representative body for community pharmacies in Wales.

The new agreement will enable pharmacies to provide treatment for common minor ailments, access to repeat medicines in an emergency, annual flu jabs and some forms of emergency and regular contraception.

The agreement also includes plans to rollout a Wales-wide pharmacy prescribing service which will allow appropriately trained pharmacists to treat an extended range of conditions that currently require people to visit their GP.

Lesley Griffiths MS said: “During the pandemic, pharmacies have played a key role in not only helping the general public, but also supporting NHS services such as GP practices and hospitals.

“This new framework will bring about a significant change in the way pharmacies operate.  Every community pharmacy in Wrexham will be able to provide an extended range of clinical services, offering convenient and accessible NHS services to more people, closer to their homes.

“I am pleased the Welsh Government has sought this innovative solution and is investing in these services when funding for community pharmacies in England has been cut.”