November 9th 2018
Blackburn MP Kate Hollern has visited a local community pharmacy to find out how they help people stay well, recover from minor conditions, and live longer, healthier lives.
Kate spent time talking to the Pharmacy team in Cohens at Little Harwood Pharmacy and hearing about the wide range of services community pharmacies provide; accompanied by Tahir Hussain a member of Community Pharmacy Lancashire (CPL), and Kath Gulson CEO for CPL .
During the visit we had a good discussion as to the role the 42 Community Pharmacies play within her constituency & beyond; we really had a good discussion around the great relationships with the local practice, how having read write access to the patients record would allow community pharmacy teams to play a greater role in looking after their communities, and the challenges faced on a daily basis by community pharmacy teams in managing the various drug shortages, and how this takes time away from talking to patients about their care.
We described the huge potential Pharmacy has in supporting patients with long term conditions, having community pharmacy independent prescribers linked into general practice, and using the pharmacy teams to help reduce NHS pressures in General Practice, Urgent Care settings etc. and the wider NHS network.
Nisma Munshi the Store Supervisor at Cohens said on behalf of her team: “It was a pleasure to welcome Kate to the pharmacy. Kate was really interested to hear what we had to share, and has requested a summary of the points raised so she is able to ask appropriate questions”
Kath Gulson, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Lancashire, the statutory organisation that represents local pharmacies, said: “Community pharmacies are the most accessible form of healthcare, offering personalised medicines support, information and advice, and a range of services to help people stay well; all located close to where people live, work and shop”