Assembly Candidate hears how pharmacy can be the first port of call for patients

Jayne Bryant, Labour candidate for the Newport West Constituency has been hearing about how patients can benefit from their local community pharmacy ahead of the Welsh Election.

Ms Bryant was accompanied by Dame Rosemary Butler, retiring AM for the constituency and Presiding Officer of the Assembly, on a visit to Malpas Pharmacy. Speaking to pharmacist Geoff Thomas and his staff, Ms Bryant heard how important pharmacy is in the community, providing a range of health services at a time that is convenient and without the need for an appointment. 

Owner of the Pharmacy, Mr Thomas informed Ms Bryant that the role of pharmacy in healthcare provision is changing. He said “Being at the heart of the community, pharmacies offer a range of services and advice to help people with their health conditions and concerns. Pharmacists ensure the safety of all medicines dispensed and sold over the counter and can also advise people about their medicines and their general health and wellbeing”. One of the great advantages of community pharmacy services is the availability of a private consultation with a pharmacist without an appointment'.
During the visit Ms Bryant was shown the facilities at the pharmacy including a new patient consultation room, the dispensary and an area where medicines are prepared for local care homes.

Mr Thomas continued “My team and I are proud to work for the local community. We are a busy team, passionate about the health of local people and at hand to provide help and support for a range of health and medicines related issues”. 

Mike Curson, Board Member from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, was also in attendance at the visit. He said “It was a pleasure to talk to Jayne and Rosemary about the range of services that are now available to people in their local community pharmacy. Getting an appointment with a GP can difficult due to the pressures they are under but your local pharmacist can be the first port of call for advice on health and medicines. I hope to see more pharmacy services being available in the near future to help people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and to help reduce pressures on our GP colleagues”.