NHS Near Me and Community Pharmacy

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Many of you will have heard of NHS Near Me (or Attend Anywhere) which is a video consultation platform that has been led by pharmacist Clare Morrison nationally on behalf of NHS Scotland. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the use of this platform has greatly increased across the NHS and in primary care. Use of NearMe is being explored in community pharmacy to increase accessibility to services for patients at this time, encourage new ways of working and support the adherence to social distancing rules.

Health Boards will be rolling out use in the coming weeks with two Health Boards being the focus starting this week to be part of a test of change. The purpose of the tests of change is to understand the challenges of NearMe in community pharmacy such as:

  • Types of services that can be delivered effectively
  • How to manage NearMe alongside current workload and workflow
  • Patient acceptability in community pharmacy
  • Opportunities for development

The current pace of implementation has been expedited due to the pandemic.

CPS will be working with SG partners nationally to support and communicate progress. Local pharmacy networks will be working with Health Board partners to capture learnings and move at pace to support rollout. Please look out for communications in your areas in the coming weeks and months.

Clare has developed a document, Enabling Near Me in Community Pharmacies, which has links to for those looking for more information.

Anyone looking for further information on this please contact CPS through our enquiries@cps.scot inbox or on 01314677766.