PATIENTS at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust can now choose to receive their denosumab injections at one of three LloydsPharmacy stores in Birmingham.
If they are identified as suitable by their consultant or specialist nurse, patients can make an appointment at LloydsPharmacy, where a specially trained pharmacist will administer the treatment.
Jill Pritchard, head of speciality pharmacy at Celesio UK, said: “Traditionally, patients will travel to their hospital every six months to receive their densosumab injections which we know can be inconvenient and time-consuming. We also know that this can add to the capacity and cost challenges at many NHS Trusts. Through this partnership, we are offering patients an alternative that means they can get their treatment in the community, closer to home.
“Patients who require denosumab injections often experience pain from previous fractures. Our pharmacy teams have expertise in pain management, which means they can provide advice and support to help patients manage these conditions as part of the injection service.”
The service is part of the new LloydsPharmacy healthcare centre model which is designed to deliver more treatments in community pharmacy. The company is working with the NHS and other manufacturers to identify additional suitable treatments for administration in its pharmacies.
“This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the valuable role community pharmacy can play in supporting the NHS to meet patient needs. By working collaboratively alongside the Trust, we believe we can improve patient outcomes and boost efficiencies by carrying out services like this on their behalf,” said Jill.
The service, which is partly funded by Amgen, is available at the following three LloydsPharmacy stores:
- Lloyds Pharmacy, 128/130 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LG.
- Lloyds Pharmacy, 18 Arden Road, Frankley, Birmingham, B45 0JA.
- Lloyds Pharmacy, 228 Wychall Road, Birmingham, B31 3AU.