Pharmacies – Urgent Repeat Medication Service

The following pharmacies are participating in the Urgent Repeat Medication Service this Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 2 May – Monday 4 May):

Sainsbury’s, Bath Road, Chippenham SN14 0BJ – 9am-6pm (closed 2-2.30 for lunch)
Boots, The Brittox, Devizes SN10 1AJ – 10am-4pm
Boots, Silver Street, Salisbury SP1 2NG – 10.30am-4.30pm
Boots, Bethesda Road, Trowbridge BA14 8FZ – 8am-midnight

The Urgent Repeat Medication Service allows patients who have run out of medication during this period to request urgent medication from a pharmacy without having to wait for the surgery to re-open.  Please note that this service is for urgent needs only and the pharmacy will inform your regular GP.

A full list of those pharmacies open on Bank Holiday Monday can be found here.

NHS health care commissioners given greater responsibility for primary care in Wiltshire 

The commissioning of elements of primary care in Wiltshire may soon be the responsibility of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, as its expression of interest to embark on joint commissioning in conjunction with NHS England, who manage GP contracts nationally, has been approved.

Pending full approval by Wiltshire CCG’s Governing Body on 24 March 2015, Wiltshire CCG will have the opportunity to further improve primary care services locally for the benefit of patients and local communities by entering into joint commissioning arrangements with NHS England. By tailoring services to meet the needs of Wiltshire residents, the CCG is better placed to deliver its commitment to provide high quality healthcare to all and to keep more people out of hospital and in their own homes.

Deborah Fielding, Chief Officer at Wiltshire CCG comments: “This is a real opportunity for us to ensure that we use our additional responsibilities for the benefit of Wiltshire residents. By working with NHS England we can ensure that primary care services throughout Wiltshire are aligned to our strategic goals and provide the best possible care to people in Wiltshire.

“Given the impact primary health care has on our population, this is a positive move designed to align standards of care right across the county and to focus on delivering the right services, in the right place.”

Jo Cullen, Group Director and leading on Primary Care for Wiltshire CCG said: “Co-commissioning will allow us to deliver our vision to support extended primary care teams which are aligned to community teams, mental health and social care provision. By delivering services in this way we can ensure better integration of health and care services and a more joined-up, seamless approach for patients.”

Wiltshire CCG is one of 87 CCGs across the country to have been approved for joint commissioning subject to constitutional amendments. Wiltshire CCG will take on this additional responsibility from 1 April 2015, pending formal approval on 24 March 2015.

Health Fairs

Wiltshire Council are holding health fairs at their Area Board meetings where GPs and executive members of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group are attending and where members of the public can go along and find out about local health services within their community and future plans for health services within Wiltshire.

The health fairs are being held throughout Wiltshire and more information on what dates and time the next meetings are can be found on Wiltshire Council’s website – click here