Practice Pharmacist - Karen Acott
Karen Acott is part of the clinical team, as practice pharmacist she is trained to work directly with patients. Karen has detailed knowledge about drugs and their effects, and because Karen has extensive experience with patients, she routinely prescribes medications and monitors patients. Among other tasks, Karen provides routine clinics at the surgery to address patient concerns, diagnosing potentially untreated minor illnesses/conditions, consults with the patient on the effects of the drugs, and to support patients with their prescribed drug regimes.
Historically, the fundamental role of pharmacists as a healthcare practitioner was to distribute drugs to doctors for medication that had been prescribed to patients. In more modern times, pharmacists advise patients and health care providers on the selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications and act as a learned intermediary between a prescriber and a patient. Pharmacists monitor the health and progress of patients to ensure the safe and effective use of medication.
More recently, some pharmacists have independent prescribing qualifications and are able to provide improved access to medicines. Many of these pharmacists are referred to as clinical/hospital pharmacists when they work in hospitals supporting consultant teams but are increasingly found in GP surgeries supporting the primary healthcare team, where they are commonly known as practice pharmacists or pharmacist practitioners (usually when they have prescribing rights).
At Wallingbrook, all patients are encouraged to speak to the pharmacist, Karen, who will be able to help with medication queries, shortage of medicines, medication reviews, discharge medication and chronic disease information. The pharmacist will always liaise with your GP directly if there are complex issues that require GP input and in some cases generate an appropriate appointment.