A new Wales-wide sticker campaign to raise awareness of the NHS services available on the high street has been launched by Cabinet Secretary for Health Vaughan Gething.
The new stickers will appear in the windows of optometrists, dentists and community pharmacists to improve public awareness of the important role independent contractor’s play in providing NHS services.
Speaking at Pritchard Pharmacy in Denbighshire, Vaughan Gething said:
“Our pharmacies, optometry practices and dental practices provide convenient health services for people in their own communities. Along with GPs, they are a person’s first, and often their most frequent, point of contact with a healthcare professional.
“The new vinyl stickers, which will appear in windows across Wales, will improve public awareness of the important role independent contractor’s play in providing NHS services.
“They are increasingly taking on clinical roles that previously have been the domain of doctors, and sometimes hospitals, and are taking greater responsibility for providing advice and treatment for people with minor ailments.
“If a person has a problem with their teeth then in Wales they should visit a dentist or if they have a problem with their eyes or vision their local optometrist is the best person to consult with. Pharmacies can prescribe medication for a number of minor ailments without needing a doctor's prescription.
“We want the public to be aware of all of these NHS services in their communities and to Choose Well and use them, rather than GPs or casualty, where appropriate.”