Health & Fitness

Cancer: High Street pharmacists to make referrals

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Posted: 15/06/22 - 09:52
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People with a worrying cough, problems swallowing or blood in their urine will soon be able to be referred for scans and checks by a pharmacist, rather than having to wait to see their GP.

The new pilot scheme, in England, aims to diagnose more cancers early, when there is a better chance of a cure.

High Street pharmacies will be funded to refer customers for the checks.

The NHS will also send out more "roaming trucks" to perform on-the-spot scans in the community.

Lung-scanner vans driven to locations, including supermarket car parks and football stadiums, have already resulted in more people having checks.

Now, some liver lorries will join them.

About 6,100 people a year are diagnosed with liver cancer - the number has doubled over the past decade and is expected to continue to rise.

I Call True: Pharmacists seem to be getting more and more of the GP's work dont they (link in comments) but if they are indeed an untapped resource it does make sense to utilise them due to the Tories running down the NHS in other areas.

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If it helps save lives then I'm all for it
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Surely there needs to be an examination of why the GPs are failing so badly? Are there too many people now in the UK for them to cope? Do people no longer want the stress of being a GP? Are too many GPs part time?
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Another week another responsibility added to the pharmacist, I wonder if they will be held liable for miss diagnosing or not diagnosing patients next?
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Looks like the government are looking to put all the GP's work on to pharmacists for free to me
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