John Bell & Croyden, the renowned pharmacy emporium in London’s Harley Street Medical Area, has announced the launch of their new InResidence Health Clinic, enabling patients to access specified medications without a visit to the doctor’s surgery.
The Central London pharmacy announced that a private Patient Group Direction (PGD) clinic is now in operation at its flagship store on Wigmore Street. The service enables pharmacists to supply and administer licensed medicines to patients who fit certain clinical criteria, freeing them of the need to seek a prescription from a nurse or doctor.
This includes obesity, urinary tract infections, throat infections, ear infections, and flu, as well as emergency inhaler supply, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, allergies, a variety of skin conditions, and vaccinations for travel and occupational health.
With the hospital backlog continuing to drive pressure on healthcare services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and community pharmacies increasingly playing a key role in helping to meet rising demand, it aims to provide a safe route for patients to access timely care, while easing the pressure on GPs.
James Gray, Healthcare Services Manager for John Bell & Croyden, said: “During the pandemic, doctor’s surgeries became a lot more physically inaccessible. Throughout this time, pharmacies remained open and patients became increasingly aware of what Pharmacists can offer. We are delighted to announce the launch of our new InResidence clinic, which acts as a natural extension of our existing service offerings, such as Covid-19 testing, Covid-19 and flu vaccinations, and phlebotomy services. There has been an increase in waiting times for patients to get assessed and diagnosed, and we hope our service can help relieve these pressures and give patients a safe route to access care, particularly in cases where they present with a relatively common, straightforward issue.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a heightened focus on healthcare, with the role of the pharmacy thrust to the forefront of public consciousness. Throughout this, John Bell & Croyden has responded by launching a host of new services, including an in-store dietetic and phlebotomy service, giving patients a way access to vital information about their overall health as well as expert guidance for dietary, lifestyle and health concerns.
Alongside this, patients have also been able to access new diagnostic services in-store, including Covid-19 testing services for travel combined with travel vaccinations, Covid-19 and seasonal flu vaccinations, and allergy blood testing services.
Complementing these services is John Bell & Croyden’s new InResidence Clinic, offering patients a way to access the care they need under one roof.
Gray adds “With an extensive service offering that exists beyond the traditional dispensing model, we aim to become a beacon of what pharmacists can do and prove that we don’t just stick labels on boxes, but can in fact offer a “one-stop-shop” style approach for the benefit of everyone.”
For more information and to book a consultation, visit: www.johnbellcroyden.co.uk