The Public Affairs team went north to County Durham to see a newly re-opened village pharmacy with a long time friend of pharmacy.
Grahame Morris (Labour, Easington) visited his local pharmacy, Whitworths Chemist in Murton, to see the range of services now offered following its grand reopening the previous week. Grahame met Mike and his team to discuss their plans for closer working with other local healthcare professionals, and tried out one of their new health checks himself.
During the visit organised by the RPS, Grahame commented on how these new services along with the pharmacist’s expert advice would be crucial in reducing pressures on the NHS this winter.
“It was marvellous to see the enthusiasm the team has, and hearing their plans to helping the local people of this area live healthier, longer lives.”
“I’ve spoken to Mike many times about the potential pharmacy has, and I was delighted when I saw the national flu scheme, as well as the roll out of summary care records to pharmacies. These records will help prevent medicine errors, and make sure people get the most from their treatment.”
“I was disappointed that there was not a National Minor Ailments service agreed between NHS England and the pharmacy negotiator, but pharmacy’s potential and future is plain to see.”