Sup­port for phar­macy plan

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.

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