Huw Merriman, the Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle, visited Trackside, a busy 100-hour pharmacy in Bexhill-On-Sea. The constituency visit, which followed an invitation from RPS after the new MP's election in May 2015, was organised and led by East Sussex LPC.
After representatives of both organisations gave an overview of the profession and its current successes and challenges, RPS member Ceri McEwan showed Mr Merriman around the pharmacy and explained the benefits she anticipated from having access to Summary Care Records, adding how much better it would be to be able to annotate patient records.
The MP was particularly interested in hearing how community pharmacies could be better used to save the NHS money while improving patient convenience and waiting times for GP appointments, and asked to receive further information about the potential of minor ailments services from pharmacies, which RPS and East Sussex LPC have since provided.
He is the latest MP to meet a community pharmacy team in his constituency as part of a programme of visits involving the RPS. If you are an RPS member and would like our help to arrange for your local MP to visit your pharmacy, contact [email protected].