Nigel Evans MP hears about the role of community pharmacy
Nigel Evans, MP for Ribble Valley visited Lloydspharmacy in Clitheroe on Monday 26th November 2018 to get an insight into the role that community pharmacy is playing to help to improve the health of local residents.
During the visit Mr Evans took the time to discuss the services available at community pharmacies with Kath Gulson of Community Pharmacy Lancashire and the pharmacy team, hearing how community pharmacy as an important part of the NHS can do more to support patients with long term conditions and support people to improve their health and wellbeing.
Kath Gulson, Chief Executive Officer at Community Pharmacy Lancashire said; “Nigel Evans MP was keen to hear about the pivotal role community pharmacist’s play, and about the close working relationships they have with the NHS and GPs to deliver healthcare services to the local community. Every day pharmacies help local communities to access the medicines they need as well as giving advice on minor and long-term health conditions, healthy lifestyles and medicines, and offering a range of services including influenza vaccinations, stop smoking services and emergency contraception.”
We know that healthcare is becoming an increasing worry for many people, as patients face longer waits to see GPs, hear about delays at A&E, and see social care squeezed. Community pharmacies in the Ribble Valley would like to do more to help reduce demand for GP appointments, prevent unnecessary A&E attendances, and help people to manage their long-term conditions, and they are ideally placed to do so.
Nigel Evans MP said; “It was a very interesting opportunity to discuss the various initiatives that are available in community pharmacies. Pharmacists and their teams have the potential to play a very prominent role in promoting the health of the nation. I was particularly interested to talk to staff about how this translates to day-to-day activity and the work they do to keep our community healthy. I would encourage constituents to seek advice from a pharmacy if they have questions about their medication or common health concerns”.
Rebecca Wright, LloydsPharmacy Cluster Manager comments: It was a pleasure to welcome both Nigel Evans MP and Kath Gulson to meet the team at LloydsPharmacy in Clitheroe, where we were pleased to demonstrate the role that community pharmacy plays by helping people to manage their health and medication as well as raising awareness of conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes.