To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the role of pharmacies in supporting the surveillance, diagnosis, and timely treatment of respiratory illnesses with overlapping symptoms such as (a) covid-19, (b) influenza and (c) Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in order to reduce rates of transmission.
No specific assessment has been made. However, community pharmacies provide advice and appropriate treatments for a range of minor illnesses, such as common respiratory viruses. Community pharmacies have also participated in the COVID-19 and flu vaccination programmes. Pharmacists also work with patients to develop personalised asthma action plans and deliver inhaler technique checks for patients prescribed a new inhaler to prevent the exacerbation of the existing condition due to common respiratory illnesses.