New MP hears how pharmacy delivers quality healthcare for rural communities

Jo Churchill, the new Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds, wants better quality healthcare available for more rural communities.  Ms Churchill accepted an offer from the RPS Public Affairs team to visit Station Pharmacy in Elmswell, a Suffolk village without a GP surgery.

Ms Churchill, a double cancer survivor, is heavily engaged in health issues at Westminster, ranging from weight management to the quality of hospital food to the availability of drugs for ultra-rare diseases, and has a long-standing involvement with the breast cancer charity Breakthrough.
The MP, who is entitled to an NHS-funded annual flu vaccination, was very interested in a flu advertising display which RPS member Paul Heeks (above, with Jo Churchill MP) had recently set up. She was very enthusiastic about the news that pharmacies throughout England can now administer NHS-funded flu vaccines, and was disappointed to learn that she would have to wait until September to get hers!
She is the latest MP to meet a community pharmacy team in his constituency as part of a programme of visits arranged by RPS, and also learned about the national rollout of Summary Care Record access and the NHS flu vaccination service starting next month.
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