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.
This dilemma looked at some of the areas that depend on the professional judgement of the community pharmacist in relation to the Scottish Minor Ailment Scheme.
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.