Her visit on 25 November to Lloyds Pharmacy in Aberavon, the fifth busiest in the UK, stressed to local Assembly Member Bethan Jenkins the changing face of pharmacy and the increasing range of services being offered there.
Commenting on the visit Bethan Jenkins said: “The community pharmacy sector is expanding all the time and it is has changed in the nine years since I first became an Assembly Member. While pharmacies in England are facing 11% funding cuts, I am pleased that here in Wales they are seen as an integral and important part of health service delivery.
“In the new health centre in Aberavon I was told about the close working relationship between GPs and community pharmacists to maximise the opportunities for accessible healthcare. Key to this is an accessible, reliable IT platform between health professionals. I’m pleased that the new Choose Pharmacy platform is enabling this to happen and I will be making the case for Choose Pharmacy to be available to every community pharmacy in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board, not just the 50% that are currently intended.
Speaking for Community Pharmacy Wales, Russell Goodway said: “Choose Pharmacy is a major innovation in maximising health information for patient care and we welcome Bethan’s commitment to helping make sure every patient and every pharmacy in her region can benefit from it.”
Photo: Bethan Jenkins AM with John Davies and Gareth Waters from Lloyds Pharmacy