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Advanced paramedics set to prescribe medicines from Sunday onwards

Advanced paramedics in England will be able to prescribe medicines to people who do not need hospital treatment, under new laws starting on Sunday.

Up to seven out of 10 people currently seen by advanced care paramedics may need help – but not a hospital visit.

Paramedics only have a limited ability to supply medicines at the moment but will now be able to do this without delay or the patient seeing their GP.

Some advanced paramedics already work in GP practices, where they usually look after urgent same-day patient requests, including some home visits.

And others who work in emergency departments will also be able to prescribe medicines, allowing doctors to see more needy patients.

Around 700 paramedics are going to be trained, to qualify them to write prescriptions.

Read more at BBC Health.

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