Jenny Gilruth MSP visits I Love My Pharmacist Scotland winner Naseem Sadiq

Naseem Sadiq, local community pharmacist in Glenrothesand Scottish winner of the RPS’s I Love My Pharmacist Award has received the backing from his local MSP Jenny Gilruth.

At a visit to his pharmacy, Dears Pharmacy in Glenrothes, Naseem spoke to Jenny Gilruth about the services he provides and how they benefit the public and his patients and how these alleviate some of the pressures other areas of the NHS are facing. He also discussed how the community pharmacy can play a much bigger role in health and social care integration, with the community pharmacists playing their full part in the multidisciplinary team in the community. He outlined how the recommendations put forward by the pharmacy bodies in Scotland to the Out of Hours review, such as access to records and extension of the Minor Ailment Service with a view to making pharmacy a first point of call for common minor illnesses, could provide increased benefits to patients and the NHS, both in-hours and out of hours.

Naseem said: “I am delighted that our local MSP Jenny Gilruth came to support me being Scottish winner and finalist in the I Love My Pharmacist Award. I really appreciate the discussion we had regarding the future role of pharmacists and community pharmacy in particular.
I am humbled to be the regional winner amongst such a strong field of shortlisted pharmacists in Scotland and would like to express my appreciation to all the members of the public who have taken the time to vote for me. Receiving this support from our patients, who we seek to serve as best we can, means a lot to me and my team.”
Jenny Gilruth MSP, said: It was fantastic to meet with Naseem and his team at Dears Pharmacy today. It’s obvious to see that the service they provide the people of Glenrothes is first rate and I’m glad that this is being recognised through the ‘I Love my Pharmacist’ Award. To win the Scottish final is a superb achievement and I’d now like to wish all those at Dears Pharmacy the best of luck for the national final.
“Having two Glenrothes based pharmacies making it to the Scottish final is great for the town. It shows that in this industry the town of Glenrothes is well served, with multiple pharmacies operating at a level worthy of national recognition.”
Speaking after Jenny Gilruth MSP’s visit, Mahyar Nickkho-Amiry, General Manager of Dears Pharmacy in Glenrothes said: "We were delighted that Jenny took time out of her day to visit our pharmacy and meet Naseem and myself to congratulate Naseem on his award and also to discuss the role of pharmacy in the community and how we can support the health and well-being of the community.” 
Naseem is presenting to the national panel on 9 September and the winner of the I Love My Pharmacist award will be announced shortly after.