Liverpool CCG and Community Pharmacy Liverpool Launch FebriDx® Service to Over 100 Community Pharmacies | Associated press

LIVERPOOL, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 12, 2022–

Today, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Community Pharmacy Liverpool launched a new clinical service which will enable over 100 pharmacies to offer a 10-minute point-of-care test to differentiate bacterial respiratory infections from viruses.

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Now available in over 100 pharmacies across Liverpool, the FebriDx point-of-care test detects and differentiates bacterial respiratory infections from viral infections in 10 minutes. The FebriDx test will be used for patients with acute cough in pharmacies as part of a new minor ailments service known as Pharmacy First, to enable rapid diagnoses and proper antibiotic prescription – without having to need a prior appointment with a general practitioner. (Photo: BusinessWire)

The test, named FebriDx®, will be used for acute cough patients at pharmacies in Liverpool as part of a new minor ailments service known as Pharmacy First, to enable rapid diagnoses and prescription of antibiotics – without the need for a prior appointment with a GP.

“It is often difficult for healthcare providers to determine whether a respiratory infection is bacterial or viral without this type of rapid test because the symptoms are almost identical,” said Peter Johnstone, Head of Drug Optimization for Liverpool CCG.

“FebriDx lends itself very well to the Pharmacy First initiative – the test uses a small blood sample taken from the finger to differentiate between an acute bacterial respiratory infection and an acute viral infection in just 10 minutes, and we are starting to offer it in the local pharmacies to help ensure people get the right treatment.

the Febridx test has already been used in some hospitals and medical practices across the UK for three years, but this is the first time it has been used in the Merseyside region.

“Our goal is to provide patients with more convenient access to acute cough testing and treatment under a new Patient Group Leadership (PGD),” says Matt Harvey, Managing Director of Liverpool Community Pharmacy. “With the high volumes of patients suffering from coughs and respiratory problems during the winter season, we see a real opportunity to introduce this test to local pharmacies to help us get treatment to patients faster – without the need for an appointment with a GP or a prior prescription.”

In addition to convenience, clinical studies show that this test allows healthcare providers to rule out bacterial infections for their patients with 99% confidence, which can help reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance.

To learn more about this service, visit: www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk

About NHS Liverpool CCG

NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the commissioning (planning and procurement) of hospital and community health services for the people of Liverpool. It has a budget of around £840m a year. The GCC is made up of representatives from each of the city’s 85 GP practices and is led by a governing body made up of GPs from across the city. Visit the website at: www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk

About Liverpool Community Pharmacy

Liverpool Community Pharmacy is Liverpool Local Pharmacy Committee (LPC), an organization that represents community pharmacies in the city. Visit the website at: www.liverpool-lpc.org.uk

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CONTACT: NHS Liverpool CCG Media Contact

Anna Kettle, Senior Communications Officer, NHS Liverpool CCG

Phone. 0151 295 3540, email: [email protected]

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