Press Release

Alex Cole-Hamilton visits I Love My Pharmacist regional finalist Sally Arnison

Sally Arnison, 43, local community pharmacist in Barnton and regional finalist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist Award, has received support from Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton.

At the visit to Barnton Pharmacy & Travel Clinic, Alex Cole-Hamilton spoke to Sally about the wide range of services she provides from her pharmacy and how they benefit her patients, the local community and the wider health system. Sally shared details of the work she has taken forward to support patients with dementia, and their families, and highlighted how this fits into health and social care integration. She also highlighted that in order to fully utilise the expertise of pharmacists read and write access to the patient record (with patient consent) was paramount She outlined to Mr Cole-Hamilton the anomaly of how when she is doing her clinic in the local GP practice she has access to the patient record but at the moment she doesn’t have access from her pharmacy.*

Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, said: “Pharmacists are a central pillar of the life of our communities and in how we deliver primary care in this country. Sally Arnison and her community pharmacy in Barnton represent the very finest traditions of local service and innovation in her profession. She understands the needs of local residents and delivers a first rate standard of service which are not only incredibly valuable to the local community, but to the smooth operation of the local health service as well.”

Sally Arnison, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP came to visit Barnton Pharmacy to hear more about the services we deliver. We had a really good discussion about how pharmacists working in a local community can make a difference to the quality of life for our patients of all ages, and I am so pleased that we could share our success at being shortlisted for the I Love My Pharmacist Award with him.”

To vote for Sally as your regional winner visit or vote in her pharmacy. Voting closes on 21 July 2016.

* There are pilots ongoing elsewhere in Scotland enabling community pharmacists access to the emergency care summary of the patient record via the clinical portal. While this is welcome, this is only a first step in the process to full access as the pharmacist can’t add their information, which would have benefitted other professionals involved in the patient’s care.