Liverpool CCG and Community Pharmacy Liverpool launch FebriDx® service to over 100 community pharmacies

LIVERPOOL, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Community Pharmacy Liverpool launched a new clinical service which will enable more than 100 pharmacies to offer a 10-minute point-of-care test to differentiate bacterial respiratory infections from infections viral.

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

“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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