National pharmacy organisations showcase role of community pharmacy in relieving winter pressures

The national pharmacy organisations are in Westminster today to highlight the role that community pharmacies can play in helping people to stay healthy through the winter.

As the NHS heads into the challenging winter season, the #pharmacywinter action day is aiming to showcase all that community pharmacies can do to reduce pressure on other parts of the health service at this critical time.

As well as a briefing event for MPs and Peers in Parliament, community pharmacy teams are being encouraged to contact their local MP and also to share their experiences through social media about how they all contribute to helping people stay healthy this winter.

Sandra Gidley, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board, said 

“In the weeks leading up to the Budget, we have seen increasing numbers of NHS leaders warn of the pressures facing the health service, not only in terms of a perfect storm this winter, but also longer-term concerns for future funding in 2018 and beyond.

“Against this backdrop, community pharmacy teams are already playing a vital role in promoting public health and resilience - encouraging self-care, vaccinating people against flu, or providing healthy lifestyle advice.

“With hospital teams reportedly on standby to manage this winter in the same way as the junior doctor strikes, the RPS will continue shining a spotlight on community pharmacy's potential to support patient care and alleviate pressures on the rest of the NHS.”

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You can also support #pharmacywinter during a WePharmacists Twitter chat this evening (21 November) between 8-9pm.