We have recently developed a link with Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) allowing us to dial into their clinics for a video call where appropriate. This service will help with patients where a GP can visually diagnose their condition and send us a prescription for the required medication.
This obviously has the potential to save patients a lot of time and allow CHOC to see patients with a greater need for a face to face consultation. Not all conditions will suit the service and a decision of whether to use it will be at the clinical discretion of our pharmacists.
In the short time we have used it, the system has helped patients with shingles and impetigo to receive treatment much quicker than they would have using traditional routes.