What is primary care?

26.06.14 Royal Pharmaceutical Society

By Gareth Holyfield, FRPharmS, MPH, DipCommPharm, Principal Pharmacist, Public Health Wales and Welsh Pharmacy Board member

During my working week, and through many media sources on healthcare, I hear the term ‘primary care’ but what exactly is primary care?

I guess it means different things to different people. This is my personal take, based on my experiences in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and health board management.

‘Primary care,’ according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is ‘the healthcare provided in the community for people making an initial approach to a medical practitioner or clinic for advice or treatment.’  Read more What is primary care?

The next steps for primary care services

By Paul Gimson MRPharmS, Director for Wales, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Can primary care be improved? What should be the role of local pharmacies in supporting patients with minor ailments? How could out of hours care be improved? How can Government balance meeting local needs and delivering access to healthcare of equal range and quality between the 7 Local Health Board areas?  These were the questions I was asked to address at a conference held in Cardiff today. Read more The next steps for primary care services