The Scottish electronic minor ailments scheme (EMAS) has been running for some years and is thought to be very successful. The service is free and involves registering at a community pharmacy before availing of the service. The service could involve the community pharmacist supplying certain products on a minor ailments prescription, giving advice or referring to a GP as appropriate. If you are not familiar with the service more information can be found here.
The following dilemma looks at some of the areas that depend on the professional judgement of the community pharmacist.
The results of this dilemma will be collated anonymously and presented as a research poster at the Community Pharmacy Scotland/Strathclyde university research event later in the year.
Note: the purpose of this dilemma is to present a case that may occur in practice; for you to consider what you would do if faced with it, and to encourage you to reflect on your decision. The possible answers are examples and are not an exhaustive list of all the potential solutions.