Pharmacy mole scanning services ‘relieve GP pressure’

Latest

Pharmacy mole scanning services ‘relieve GP pressure’

Latest

Community pharmacy mole scanning services can help identify cases of melanoma and relieve pressure on other parts of the health service such as GPs, Boots has said in the wake of a new study.

The study, published in the Journal of Pharmacy, looked at Boots UK’s mole scanning service, which costs £35 for an initial scan. Almost 10,000 moles were scanned during the study, with 88 per cent requiring no follow-up. Of those referred for a follow-up, one per cent received a diagnosis of melanoma.

Boots chief pharmacist Marc Donovan commented: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people might have delayed seeking their GP’s advice, which makes services like this even more important. This service offers customers increased accessibility and convenience, particularly when early detection and intervention is critical.”

David Wright, professor of pharmacy practice at the University of East Anglia, and co-author of the paper, said: “This evaluation shows again the contribution that community pharmacy can make to the health of the nation. Mole screening services of this nature enable potentially serious conditions to be detected much earlier and relieves pressure on GPs by providing an alternative screening route. The research question arising from this is whether this provides a cost-effective alternative which could be funded by the NHS.”

Mette Valeur, managing director of ScreenCancer and co-author of the paper, said: “We are pleased to work together with Boots in offering an easy access teledermatology service to customers with skin concerns. The quality of the images taken in the pharmacy enables our dermatologists to perform a high-quality assessment that provides the customer with a personalised advice regarding their skin concern.

"The feedback from customers and the sunshine stories they describe, gives the whole ScreenCancer team motivation to keep on the good work of early detection of potential skin cancer.”

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off

Coronavirus pharmacy tests spark debate

The company says there is strong interest in its £175 kits, but some pharmacists have been critical.

2 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

Nearly 75 per cent of people with learning disabilities get health check

Seventy-four per cent of people aged 14 and over with a learning disability have had an annual health check ahead of schedule.

2 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

Test & trace: Pharmacy teams 'exempt if PPE worn'

The DHSC says no pharmacy team member needs to isolate for 14 days if they were wearing PPE at the time of Covid-19 contact.

 

3 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

Product update: News from GSK

New research and Health Partner portal from GSK.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

CCA pushes for more flexibility to deliver flu jabs

CCA wants the scope to deliver the vaccine in new locations such as town halls and places of worship

2 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

Pharmacists to strike as funding pressures 'reach end game’

Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland last night voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action.

2 Min Article

Recommended Learning

bookmark_icon_off

Confident pet health conversations

Learn 3 key steps to having more confident conversations with customers about pet health products.

4 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Smear tests

Improve your understanding of smear tests. 

10 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Childhood atopic eczema

This CPD module provides an update on the diagnosis and management of childhood atopic eczema.

18 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Mental health and the pharmacy team

This module provides an overview of the impact mental health problems can have on the pharmacy team.

22 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Constipation: Making effective recommendations

Learn how to help customers with constipation and find out how even brief conversations can have a positive influence on their health. 

26 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Understanding abdominal pain, cramps and IBS

This short video explains the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and how it differs from abdominal cramps to help you recommend a suitable product for your customer’s needs.

3 Min Module