We recently visited Cullen Pharmacy with MSP Candidate Stewart Stevenson. The pharmacy team, led by Colin Clark, did a sterling job to showcase both the caring and the clinical aspects of community pharmacy during our visit.
The small town of Cullen has a stunning location on the north coast of Aberdeenshire with remote and rural challenges for providing person centred care. The extensive range of services available within the pharmacy plays an important role in the local community, negating the need for a long journey to the GP or local hospital in many cases. This has been highlighted recently while the local GP practice is being refurbished and has provided opportunities for further collaboration between all the local health professionals, using the pharmacy as a hub.
In addition to the core contract services Cullen participates in the NHS Grampian UTI service, providing screening and treatment for urinary tract infections without the need for a GP or out of hours appointment. The community spirit within the pharmacy team was more than evident during our visit.
Aileen Bryson MRPharmS, Policy and Practice Lead for the RPS in Scotland said "The pharmacy is a superb example of what community pharmacy can contribute to patient care".