Tuesday 24th June 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Summer 2014
A rural pharmacy service is helping people affected by cancer in the Isle of Skye.
In the first role of its kind in rural Scotland, Gill Harrington, Macmillan Palliative Care Rural Pharmacist Practitioner, has been giving specialist advice and support to people with life-limiting conditions on the Isle of Skye.
The service, which was set up by Macmillan, NHS Highland and Boots UK, marked its first anniversary in March this year. During the first year Gill established a weekly drop-in clinic for people with cancer and their carers within the Boots pharmacy in Portree. She has also attended palliative care meetings in most local GP practices. This has led to referrals for people needing follow-up and home visits where more intense input is required.
Researchers from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow have been working closely with the project partners to assess the impact and development of the new service. The baseline evaluation report of the project has recently been published, highlighting strengths of current palliative care service provision, along with the key areas where a need has been identified for pharmaceutical care input.
Contact Gill Harrington or Alison MacRobbie, Macmillan Palliative and Community Care Pharmacist.