Alcohol Intervention Service (IBA) & Antibiotic Guardianship


On the 20th October 2015 local pharmacy teams attended a workshop designed to support Healthy Living Pharmacies providing services to the local population in Plymouth.

For the month of November Pharmacy teams will be able to help patients understand the importance of reducing use of antibiotics for common ailments by providing information and advice with supporting leaflets designed by Public Health England.  November was chosen to coincide with the first World Antibiotics Awareness Week from the 16th – 22nd November 2015.

The second subject covered during the evening was Alcohol Brief Interventions.  The pharmacies have been supplied with scratch cards that patients can pick up in the pharmacy and which are designed to help them assess their alcohol use.

This can then be followed up with brief interventions helping patients understand their levels of consumption, the potential impact on their health and support available if needed.

Alcohol was identified by Thrive Plymouth as one of four pillars of Public Health which underpinned 54% of deaths in Plymouth and this training event is the starting point for pharmacies in Plymouth to provide support to these pillars.

Funding for the service will hopefully continue until the end of March 2016.  Devon LPC would like to say a Big Thank You to all that attended and hope that the event was enjoyed.

It is the hope of Devon LPC that future events will attract more pharmacies in support of the population of Plymouth keeping healthy.

Antibiotic Guardianship.

For the month of November 2015 pharmacies participating in the scheme will be able to provide patients with leaflets designed to understand the importance of reducing use of Antibiotics for common ailments.

A separate leaflet will be provided to test Patients understanding of Antibiotic Use.

Alcohol Brief Interventions.

Pharmacies who are taking part in the scheme will be able to offer patients brief interventions to help patients understand their levels of consumption , the potential impact on their health and support available.