October 5th 2018
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has visited a local community pharmacy to find out how they help people stay well, recover from minor conditions, and live longer, healthier lives.
Mr. Stephenson spent time at Boots in Colne meeting members of the pharmacy team and hearing about the wide range of services community pharmacies provide; accompanied by Mubasher Ali a member of Community Pharmacy Lancashire (CPL), and Kath Gulson CEO for CPL .
During the visit we had a good discussion as to why he sees pharmacy as “Pharmacy First” and really talk through the services we provide to our patients, the challenges driven by the volatility within the supply chain and how we buffer patients from this on a daily basis. We also described the huge potential Pharmacy has in supporting patients with long term conditions with the use of a Community Pharmacy Care Plan, 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.
Sue Mount, the Store Manager at Boots said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Andrew to our Pharmacy and to show him the vast range of care that community pharmacies provide; and to hear from him how he sees the role of the community pharmacy both locally and within the wider NHS team”
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”