'Triage and Treat' summer service for Tenby and Saundersfoot

Western Telegraph: New service: Damian Williams of Tenby's Glen Pharmarcy is ready to 'triage and treat'. New service: Damian Williams of Tenby's Glen Pharmarcy is ready to 'triage and treat'.

A new Triage and Treat service to help cope with Tenby and Saundersfoot’s influx of summer visitors has been launched in the resorts.

With the area now without a minor injury unit, and a staff shortage in Tenby doctors’ surgery, the service in two community pharmacies has been set up by the Hywel Dda health board.

It is available to visitors, holidaymakers and local residents.

During opening hours, Tenby’s Glen Pharmacy, opposite the surgery in Gas Lane and The Pharmacy, on The Strand in Saundersfoot will be able to assess injuries or symptoms and offer treatment if they are able.

Minor abrasions, superficial cuts and wounds; sprains and strains; eye complaints; removal of items from the skin, such as a splinter or shell and minor burns including sunburn are examples of injuries that can be treated under the service, with all community pharmacies able to offer general health advice and information.

Damian Williams from Glen Pharmacy treated an abrasion and a jellyfish sting last weekend, and said: “The patients were extremely complimentary, and thought the service was a great idea.”

Glen Pharmacy will be open from 8.30am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-11.30am on Saturday, while The Pharmacy, Saundersfoot is open from 9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9.30am-noon on Saturday.

The British Red Cross summer service will also get underway in Tenby from this weekend.

It will operate out of Tenby Cottage Hospital on seven days a week until September 7, and will be open from 2pm-6pm Monday to Friday and 10am-7pm weekends and bank holidays.

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5:16pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Flashbang says...

A sticking plaster solution to a criminally mismanaged health problem.
A sticking plaster solution to a criminally mismanaged health problem. Flashbang
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Thu 17 Jul 14

teifion says...

Sorry, this is just a pile of bovine effluent dressed up by NHS managers to look as though they're doing something.

PCC have been trying to dissuade tourists for years (thanks to Bryn and the farmers who don't like ruddy tourists clogging up our roads and walking on their land) - maybe we should advise (or WARN) them at the Severn Bridge - stay away, you're enetering a 3rd world country

PS Pharmacists have ALWAYS tried to help and advise on minor ailments surely?
Sorry, this is just a pile of bovine effluent dressed up by NHS managers to look as though they're doing something. PCC have been trying to dissuade tourists for years (thanks to Bryn and the farmers who don't like ruddy tourists clogging up our roads and walking on their land) - maybe we should advise (or WARN) them at the Severn Bridge - stay away, you're enetering a 3rd world country PS Pharmacists have ALWAYS tried to help and advise on minor ailments surely? teifion
  • Score: 3

8:24pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Cymru bach says...

So what happens after 6 PM, 11.30am Saturday and all day Sunday?

As Teifion says Pharmacists have always been available for low level assistance and this is NO replacement for the lost MIU.

'The patients thought the service was a great idea' - I'm sure they would have thought a proper Minor Injuries Unit would be an even better idea, especially on a Sunday.
So what happens after 6 PM, 11.30am Saturday and all day Sunday? As Teifion says Pharmacists have always been available for low level assistance and this is NO replacement for the lost MIU. 'The patients thought the service was a great idea' - I'm sure they would have thought a proper Minor Injuries Unit would be an even better idea, especially on a Sunday. Cymru bach
  • Score: 5

10:44pm Tue 22 Jul 14

pembrokedock123 says...

teifion says "Pharmacists have ALWAYS tried to help and advise on minor ailments surely?"
I agree, but it is good that the NHS are recognising this and building it properly into their system - there is much that pharmacies can do and so stop people blocking up GPs surgeries let alone A&E and hospital beds. Hywel Dda get criticised a lot - full marks to them this time for this scheme - I hope they keep at it, have more pharmacies in seaside/tourist places doing this service and put more proper NHS services into pharmacies from now on.
teifion says "Pharmacists have ALWAYS tried to help and advise on minor ailments surely?" I agree, but it is good that the NHS are recognising this and building it properly into their system - there is much that pharmacies can do and so stop people blocking up GPs surgeries let alone A&E and hospital beds. Hywel Dda get criticised a lot - full marks to them this time for this scheme - I hope they keep at it, have more pharmacies in seaside/tourist places doing this service and put more proper NHS services into pharmacies from now on. pembrokedock123
  • Score: 0
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