Community pharmacies are often the first point of contact for those with health-related concerns or simply in need of information and reliable advice. The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has produced a free guidline https://www.fip.org/coronavirus which may prove useful for both pharmacists and the public alike. However, it is the patients and pharmacy staffs’ preventative behaviours and collective responsibility that could prove pivotal.
Healtheras’ patient App can help. Patients can order vital medicines, have them delivered if need be and in doing so avoid unnecessary trips to their GP and Pharmacy, reducing potential risks to exposure on public transport, travel and crowded shopping areas. Providing medications for those in self-isolation could also become critical. Pharmacies can broadcast messages to their patients via the Healthera App, keeping them informed, educated; promoting prevention and guidance to all their customers.
You can download the Healthera App for free and find a pharmacy near you. If you are a pharmacy and not with Healthera at the moment, please contact us for more information on how you can enable your customers to skip the calls, the queues, and the repeated GP visits and be taken care of by your local NHS pharmacy.