For the first of the July visits, RPS took new MP Kate Osamor (Labour, Edmonton) to visit Reid's Pharmacy in Edmonton. Before being elected, Ms Osamor spent 15 years working in the NHS as a GP practise manager and so was very interested in the new ways community pharmacies and GPs are working together.
Ms Osamor said she was pleased that pharmacists will soon be able to check patients’ records for adverse reactions to medicines prior to dispensing, as this will improve the service for patients and save time and money for the NHS.
“It’s fantastic to see such a friendly and modern pharmacy providing these essential health services to my constituents,” she said.
“Having managed a doctor’s surgery for 15 years, I know the pressures on GPs, so pharmacies treating minor conditions on a walk-in basis is not just convenient for patients but also frees up local doctors to deal with more serious conditions. Sharing information electronically, with patients’ consent, will also save the NHS time and money to help improve care for everyone”.
Reid’s pharmacy is well known for the quality of care it gives, winning the Alphega pharmacy group’s “Outstanding achievement in Community Pharmacy” award and being a finalist in its “Pharmacy of the Year” competition.