Margot James MP recently visited Janine Barnes, one of the 2016 regional finalists of the I Love My Pharmacist at her place of work, the Quincy Rise Surgery Stourbridge to see first hand the growing contribution that pharmacists can make to the well-being of the local community.
For Janine, her biggest impact has been enhancing peoples’ knowledge of Parkinson’s, educating clinicians, patients and carers on how to manage the illness and also managing the condition in her local community. She is a member of the Community Neurology team within Dudley Rehabilitation Service, where she runs her own Parkinson’s clinics in the community and also runs clinics alongside consultant ones within the hospital.
Margot James MP following her visit said:
“It was wonderful to see the positive impact pharmacists are having in GP’s surgeries, on both the patient and the GP’s workload. The great work these pharmacists are doing in our surgeries reduces the number of patients requiring a trip to hospital, which is much more convenient for everyone and more cost effective. I was particularly pleased to meet with Dr Janine Barnes, a finalist in the “I Love My Pharmacist” award this year, and hear about the work she does in the community and to see first-hand the help she provides to Quincy Rise Surgery.”
Dr Janine Barnes following the visit said:
“Having Margot James MP visit the GP surgery was a unique opportunity to highlight the role that pharmacy has to play in supporting people with long term conditions and helping to ease the burden on GP’s workload. Long term conditions accounts for 50% of GP appointments. As experts in medicines and their use, pharmacists have an important role in ongoing monitoring, support and treatment for people with long term conditions and helping to reduce admissions to hospital by ensuring that medication is taken correctly. It is a great honour to have been selected in the I Love My Pharmacist Award. I am determined to continue to raise awareness and knowledge of Parkinson’s. There is so much about the disease that people are unaware of so educating them is vital. The additional services that I run outside my working hours can often avoid the need for a clinic appointment and my input has been instrumental in keeping many struggling patients out of hospital.”