Our pharmacies are the envy of Europe
I REFER to the letter from Dr William Wallace (March 29) over the lack of health care over Easter and would like to suggest that this is an isolated case.
Most pharmacies are open longer hours than surgeries. My own pharmacy is open 9am-6.30pm (no lunchtime closing) Monday to
Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm. This means that patients with a late appointment can still get their prescription filled and Saturdays, pharmacies all over Scotland are screening patients and dealing with queries avoiding many patients’ attendance at the out of hours and A&E services.
Community pharmacists can now deal with uncomplicated urinary tract infections and impetigo as well as the millions of minor ailment consultations carried out on a yearly basis.
I would like to strongly defend the community pharmacy service as being the envy of Europe and suggest that the GP service (already under pressure) would not be able to cope without the work we do within the NHS. The case mentioned in Dr Wallace’s letter is unusual and does not reflect the majority of community pharmacy service across Scotland.
New Life Pharmacy,
665 Clarkston Road,
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