Pharmacy Direct in Totton, owned by Arun Sharma MRPharmS, received a visit today from local MP Caroline Nokes. The meeting, organised and attended by members of the RPS Public Affairs team, was her first formal pharmacy visit in her capacity as an MP, and she was impressed with the range and sheer volume of pharmacists’ work.
A Conservative MP since 2010, she lives in a village with a pharmacy supported by the Essential Small Pharmacies Scheme, an NHS England programme to ensure the continued viability of isolated pharmacies with low dispensing volumes, and last year she initiated a debate in Parliament on the future of the scheme.
As well as discussing medicines shortages, minor ailments schemes and sexual health services, manager Jayesh Asher MRPharmS demonstrated EPS and explained how the forthcoming rollout of access to Summary Care Records will improve patient care and efficiency and enable pharmacies to integrate more fully into the local primary care system.
Ms Nokes, whose Romsey constituency was previously represented in Parliament by RPS English Board Chair Sandra Gidley, is one of a number of MPs to meet a local community pharmacy team as part of a programme of visits organised by 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].