A NEW service has been launched across Ceredigion to help community health staff access medication for palliative care patients.
Hywel Dda University Health Board has entered into an agreement with nine community pharmacies to hold specific drug stocks so that community nursing teams can access them more easily.
Difficulty in obtaining some of these drugs has previously been raised as an issue but the new agreement means that health workers now have better access to medication in urgent situations, reducing the time taken to find a pharmacy that has the items required.
The Palliative Care Medication Service will operate during the normal opening hours of the listed pharmacies. A prescription will still be needed to have the items dispensed.
The pharmacies are:
Morrisons Pharmacy, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth
Lloyds Pharmacy, 2 Alban Square, Aberaeron
Caerleon Pharmacy, 23 Pendre, Cardigan
Sarah Cameron, Hywel Dda’s Community Nurse Manager, said: “Knowing that there are local pharmacies who keep a stock of the relevant drugs to support people at the end of life is invaluable. It means there are less delays for people who need these drugs.”