Placing pharmacists in emergency departments could help 36% of patients

From the Pharmaceutical Journal:

Pharmacists have the potential to manage the care of up to 36% of patients attending hospital emergency departments (ED), according to the results of two studies by Health Education England (HEE).

According to HEE, which is responsible for NHS workforce training and development in England, community pharmacists and qualified independent prescribers already have the skills to manage up to 8% of patients attending an ED.

With additional advanced clinical practice training, pharmacists who can already prescribe could take care of another 28% of patients, the researchers say.

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