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THE HERALD FRIDAY JANUARY 13 2017


33 Health


Tackle winter pressures by using new service PATIENTS in Carmarthenshire,


Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire are being urged to use the health board’s new Triage and Treat community pharmacy service if they have a low-level injury or illness, in a bid to free up pressure on busy A&E departments this winter. The Health Board is currently


experiencing significant pressures across all sites and is working extremely hard to alleviate this. Staff are working tirelessly with primary care and Welsh Ambulance colleagues to maintain emergency healthcare services for our local population during this busy time and their work over the New Year period has been exceptional. Patients can play their part by


assessing whether their injury or illness requires urgent medical attention or if it could be successfully treated in their local pharmacy, rather than having to visit a doctor or an A&E department. To this end, the Triage and Treat service can treat people who have: Minor abrasions, superficial cuts


and wounds;


Sprains and strains; Eye complaints such as sand in the


eye;


Removal of items from the skin such as a splinter or shell;


Minor burns, including sunburn. Community pharmacists will


assess your injury or symptom and make a decision as to whether they can ‘treat’ you there, or if you need to seek treatment from another healthcare professional. If the injury is too serious to be treated in the pharmacy, you will be given advice about where to go. Community Pharmacist Richard


Evans, who works in pharmacies across West Wales, said: “I have found that the Triage and Treat Service has been very beneficial to the local population, as well as visitors to the area. “By providing the service in the


local community, most of the patients I’ve been able to treat have not needed to travel to a local hospital A&E unit, which can often be 10 to 20 miles from some of our locations. “The pharmacies involved have


been able to deal with most minor injuries, such as minor abrasions, sprains and even jelly fish stings. “The service has been well received by individual patients, who have


provided very positive feedback to the Health Board; it also means that we have been able to relieve some of the workload and pressures faced by other healthcare professionals.” Currently, the Triage and Treat


service is available in the following community pharmacies: Carmarthenshire


• Burry Port Pharmacy, 11a Station Rd, Burry Port, SA16 0LR. Tel: 01554 832435.


• Well Pharmacy, 52 Rhosmaen St, Llandeilo, SA19 6HA. Tel: 01558 823229.


• St Clears Pharmacy, Pentre Road, St. Clears, SA33 4LR. Tel: 01994 230456.


Ceredigion


• Lloyds Pharmacy, 2 Alban Square, Aberaeron, SA46 0AD. Tel: 01545 570324.


• Penrhyn Pharmacy, Aberporth, SA43 2EU. Tel: 01239 810228.


• Morrisons, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, SY23 3TL. Tel: 01970 617108.


• Well Pharmacy, 59 Pendre,


Cardigan, SA43 1JR. Tel: 01239 612416.


• Lloyds Pharmacy, 17 Bridge St, Lampeter, SA48 7AA. Tel: 01570 422596.


Pembrokeshire


E P Parry Pharmacy, Tenby Rd, Crymych, SA41 3QG. Tel: 01239 831243.


Lloyds Pharmacy, 39 High St, Narberth, SA67 7AS. Tel: 01834 860486.


Newport Pharmacy, 2 Market St, Newport, SA42 0PH. Tel: 01239 820239.


Neyland Pharmacy, 94 High St, Neyland, SA73 1TF. Tel: 01646 600366.


Lloyds Pharmacy, 9 Main St, Pembroke, SA71 4JS. Tel: 01646 682865.


Lloyds Pharmacy, Argyle Medical Centre, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6HL. Tel: 01646 682960.


Saundersfoot Pharmacy, The Strand, Saundersfoot, SA69 9ES. Tel: 01834 812343.


Glen Pharmacy, 2A No Acre, Gas Lane, Tenby, SA70 7HD. Tel:


01834 844462. Dr Jeremy Williams, Clinical


Director for Unscheduled Care, said: “What we’re seeing recently is the A&E Departments of Hywel Dda’s acute hospitals coming under unprecedented pressures, due to a large number of emergency presentations, both major and minor. “It would be extremely helpful if


people with more minor conditions do not present to the A&E service, but rather try the Triage and Treat Community Pharmacy Service, as this will allow patients with more severe injuries and illness to be treated as quickly and efficiently as possible.” Patients are being asked to think


carefully about how they use their NHS to ensure that they Choose Well and find the right service for their individual need, whilst also supporting NHS staff to save lives. The vast majority of medical


conditions do not need emergency care and there are a range of easy to access services - including pharmacies, optometrists and dentists - that can help people get the right care at the right time.


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