Support for pharmacy plan
Residents of Westburn have welcomed a proposal for a pharmacy to open in their area.
Yaseen Yousaf has applied to NHS Lanarkshire to open a new pharmacy, offering a full range of NHS pharmaceutical services, at 130 Westburn Road, Cambuslang.
The proposed opening hours are 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am till 2pm on Sundays.
Before a formal application can be made, regulations require that NHS Lanarkshire and Mr Yousaf carry out a joint consultation to seek the views of local people and gauge the level of support for the proposal.
To date a lot of the feedback has been positive.
Phyllis Findlay said: “A chemist would be a boon to the people of Westburn, especially the older residents and people who don’t have cars.
“As a village we lack in many facilities. Not only would we, as a village, benefit, but the residents of the new surrounding estate also.”
Elaine Gorman agreed, adding: “Think it would be good for elderly and families with young children who don’t have their own transport.”
Jen Whiteside added: “Some new shops in general would be good, but a local pharmacy is a good start. It’d be nice if, while building the pharmacy, the council built in a couple extra shop units and invite other business to the area.”
NHS Lanarkshire has launched a questionnaire seeking people’s views on local provision. The board’s primary care services administration manager, Gillian Forsyth, said: “This is only a proposal, however, we want to gauge how people feel about it and the survey will help us capture this.
“For example, people will be able to record whether they feel they already have adequate access to pharmacy services in the area or whether they feel there are gaps or deficiencies in services to the neighbourhood.”
To take part in the online questionnaire see www.surveymonkey. co. uk/ r/ Proposed_ Pharmacy_ Westburn_ Cambuslang before the August 8 deadline.