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Pharmacy plan ‘risk to patients’

THE dangers of a new scheme encouraging patients to consult pharmacists before doctors for many common ailments have been highlighted by a leadingGP member of the NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group. Dr David Chesover, who prac-

tises in Larkfield, told a group meeting:  Two skin cancer cases had been prescribed steroid creams.  One gastric cancer casewas given the anti-acid Gaviscon.  Apatient was prescribed paracetemol for an earache later diagnosed as malignant otitis externa – a rare deep-seated ear canal infection requiring specific investigation and treatment. Dr Chesover, who said he had

several other examples, was as- sured the pilot scheme was being monitored to ensure safety and effectiveness. The group has introduced a pro-

tocol for GPreception staff dealing with requests for appointments for a variety of minor ailments includ- ing cold sores, constipation or

diarrhoea, coughs, cystitis, ear- ache, headache, eczema, rashes, hay fever, indigestion, insect bites, colds, flu-like symptoms and soft tissue injury. Pharmacies can prescribe only medicines and quantities listed for each common ailment. Patients are asked if they would

like to receive treatment from a pharmacy and are directed for a consultation and treatment. They can see a doctor or nurse if pre- ferred and are offered an appoint- ment for all other ailments. Community or hospital pharma-

cists have to complete a form handed to all Pharmacy First pat- ients indicating symptoms, medi- cines supplied and their recom- mendations for any GP appoint- ment. Patients are asked to pass forms to their GP. The scheme aims to reduce GP

workload; widen patient access to advice and treatments; promote the role of pharmacists and self- care and improve relationships between primary care pharmacy and medical services.

Here come the rugby girls

CARE VISITS AT HOME Good Old Fashioned Service

ASK DEBBIE........ for help, advice and assistance

Dear Debbie,

My father is coming out of hospital after a fall at home. He has lost a lot of confidence and is now quite anxious. I fear that day care visits will not now be enough and that a residential care home is the only way forward. Are there any other options that I should think about first? Yours sincerely,

Charlotte G Dear Charlotte,

Day care does have its limits, and if he’s now worried about being left unattended, then the prospect of “staying home” may make him anxious. One option that may be worth investigating is Live- in Care.

Live in Care is when a Care Worker or Personal Assistant (PA) lives in your father’s home full time in a spare room. Many people trial this concept as the last step before accepting residential care. For some it can be a good option and the trial becomes permanent.

A trained, experienced and supported PA can provide a constant and reassuring presence and also take care of nutrition, housework, and can provide personal care if needed and then is able to withdraw to their personal space if friends or family drop in.

RUGBY has become an increas- ingly popular sport for girls at the Malling School, East Malling. After a development year with

only a handful of players, the squad has gone from strength to strength, winning sponsorship from Malling District Lions Club who donated shirts. The year 7 girls topped the

AYLESFORD MP Tracey Crouch was forced to abandon her recent charity challenge in Ecuador. The MP for Chatham andAyles-

ford set off with the aim of reach- ing the top of the Cotopaxi volcano – one of the highest active volcanos in the world – to raise money for the British Legion’s Battle Back charity for injured ex-servicemen andwomen. But sketchy details on her last

south-east rankings, going on to represent the region in the nat- ional championships in Liverpool where they finished fifth. The year 9 girls were fourth in the south- east tournament. Congratulating the girls, Richard Bloomfield of the Lions club said: “The Lion badge certainly inspired them.”

MPforced to abandon charity climb

tweet read: “Devastated to have not summitted Cotopaxi due to ag- onising pain in knees. But huge congrats to Battle Back Centre’s Paul and Lyndon who did.” Miss Crouch was joined on the

6,000ft climb by six injured soldiers and fellow MPs John Mann and Greg Mulholland. The political group had raised £3,000 for the services charity and were hoping to make £10,000.

Having a Live in Care Worker can be a great alternative to going into residential care and the costs can be similar to a care home but with all the benefits of staying at your own home. Best wishes,

Debbie Moulton, Care Manager, Bluebird Care

How Bluebird Care can help with you or your loved ones:

• Help with getting up or going to bed

• Personal Hygiene • Cleaning the home • Preparing Meals • Assist with medication • Overnight Care

• Washing or Ironing • Shopping

• Sightseeing or leisure activities • 24hr Live-in-care

• Trips to see friends or relatives

MAIDSTONE • 01622 809530 Malling July 2014


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