Our phar­ma­cies are the envy of Europe

The Herald - - OPINION -

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.

El­iz­a­beth Rod­dick,

New Life Phar­macy,

665 Clark­ston Road,


„ Reader Catriona Kel­lock had a glo­ri­ous day in the East Neuk of Fife, with the fish­ing boats, the pan­tiled roofs and even the clouds pro­vid­ing con­trast and colour. This picture was taken with a Pana­sonic Lu­mix TZ 80. We wel­come sub­mis­sions for Picture of the Day. Email pi­cofthe­day@the­herald.co.uk

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