Work of phar­ma­cies just what doc or­dered

Net­work plays vi­tal role

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The role of com­mu­nity phar­ma­cists in keep­ing Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang healthy has been high­lighted.

Clare Haughey MSP paid a visit to Burn­side Phar­macy, where she met owner Alas­dair MacIn­tyre and was given in­for­ma­tion on the range of ser­vices com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies de­liver every day.

The visit was or­gan­ised by Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Scot­land, which rep­re­sents the in­ter­ests of the own­ers of Scot­land’s com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies.

Ms Haughey was able to see the chronic med­i­ca­tion ser­vice, the public health cam­paigns and suc­cess­ful in­ter­ven­tions such as smok­ing ces­sa­tion.

The MSP also learned about the mi­nor ail­ments ser­vice, which sees com­mu­nity phar­ma­cists take pres­sure off hard-pressed GPs by deal­ing with many com­mon con­di­tions.

The Ruther­glen MSP said: “I was very im­pressed by the qual­ity and range of ser­vices avail­able at a com­mu­nity phar­macy.

“Not only can they help with mi­nor ill­nesses like coughs and colds, they play an im­por­tant role in help­ing those with com­plex, long-term con­di­tions to man­age their ill­ness and get the best ben­e­fits from their med­i­ca­tion “

Mr MacIn­tyre added: “It was great to be able to demon­strate to Clare the pa­tient care we de­liver every day in the phar­macy and to dis­cuss the op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­liver even more in the fu­ture.”

The net­work of 1,250 health­care fa­cil­i­ties en­sures that com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies pro­vide the modern NHS with its most ac­ces­si­ble point of con­tact in com­mu­ni­ties through­out the coun­try.

Amanda Rae, head of pol­icy and de­vel­op­ment for Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Scot­land, said: “It was good of Clare to take an ac­tive in­ter­est in com­mu­nity phar­macy and to lis­ten to the is­sues af­fect­ing one of the key pri­mary health­care providers within her lo­cal area.”

Healthy liv­ing Clare Haughey with Alas­dair MacIn­tyre

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