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Boots introduces walk-in services in pilot scheme

31st August 2010

Boots is to provide walk-in patient services via its pharmacy outlet in Edinburgh as part of an extended pilot project.

The Alliance Healthcare-operated brand is participating in the Scottish government-funded Pharmore pilot scheme by providing four trained pharmacists at the store to assess and treat acute minor conditions, reports PJ Online.

These include skin infections, cystitis and respiratory infections, while the pharmacy will also help to refer any visitors who are unable to be treated to a more appropriate service.

It comes as part of a project launched in 2008 and recently extended to the end of the year, which is designed to help relive pressure on GPs and accident and emergency departments.

Pat Murray, director of pharmacy at NHS Lothian, said: "The ability to drop in and get health advice, treatment and medication from community pharmacists with expert knowledge will, I am sure, be welcomed by residents, shoppers and visitors in Lothian."

This comes after Chemist and Druggist reported earlier this month that Boots is also set to pilot telemedicine machines in a number of UK stores, in order to give patients access to remote consultations.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800045336-ADNFCR

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