For the second visit of the new Parliament, the RPS Public Affairs team showed a new Member of Parliament her local village pharmacy.
Suella Fernandes (Conservative, Fareham, centre) has spent her first days in Parliament raising the profile of Diabetes and the need for more effective self management of the condition, so we were delighted to show her a pharmacy embarking on a Diabetes awareness campaign. RPS member Ms Caroline Hillier (left) of Everetts Pharmacy Titchfield showed Ms Fernandes the resources that the pharmacy team were preparing for the new campaign to encourage healthier lifestyles, as well as explaining the different services available such as BMI and blood pressure checks. Other services provided by the pharmacy included flu vaccinations, sexual health checks and EHC, smoking cessation, and supervised consumption.
Ms Fernandes commented "Caroline and her team are providing essential health services to their local community and helping people to live healthier lives. Initiatives such as these means GP resources can be freed up for more serious cases, and reduce pressure on other NHS services".