Women aged 16-64 who live in the Borders can now visit a local community pharmacist when they have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), without the need to make an appointment with their GP.
The service is currently available at 15 community pharmacies in the Borders with more being made available over the next several months. The pharmacists have been trained to diagnose and treat uncomplicated UTIs, thereby saving both GPs and their patient’s time and resources.
Adrian MacKenzie, lead pharmacist for NHS Borders said: “Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common and can be very painful and uncomfortable but usually pass within a few days or can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics. They’re more common in women than in men and around half of all women in the UK will have a UTI at least once in their life.
“By introducing UTI services to community pharmacies in the Borders we are able to make it as easy as possible for women to receive the advice and treatment they need.”
Alison Wilson, Director of Pharmacy for NHS Borders said: “I am delighted with the introduction of the UTI service to community pharmacies in the Borders. The service demonstrates the continuous improvement we are making to the quality of womens’ health services in the Borders.”