Travel medicine services from community pharmacy: evaluation of a pilot service

Caroline Hind, Christine Margaret Bond, Amanda Jane Lee, Edwin van Tjeilingen

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Abstract

Aim: To evaluate a pilot of a community pharmacy-based travel health and vaccination service. Design: A self-completed questionnaire. Subjects and settings: Two community pharmacy pilot sites: one in Aberdeen and one in Aberdeenshire. All patients who attended the pharmacies fortravel advice and services were asked to participate. Results: The median score for the overall service was 10 (interquartile range 9-10). 98% of respondents (n = 84) would use the pharmacy service again and 81.4% thought the pharmacy service provided value for money. Most clients were travelling on holiday and some found the community pharmacy could provide a more convenient venue and appointment times. Only a small number of clients had needed to be referred to other travel health providers, eg, Grampian NHS Travel Clinic. Conclusion: The pharmacy travel health service was well accepted by patients and met their needs. Most patients believed the community pharmacy service provided value for money.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-632
Number of pages7
JournalPharmaceutical Journal
Volume281
Issue number7530
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2008

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