On a visit to Insync Pharmacy in Thornhill on 25 November, Cardiff North MP Craig Williams saw first hand how the face of community pharmacy is changing and the benefits that the new Choose Pharmacy IT platform will bring. The Choose Pharmacy service will see pharmacists take responsibility for managing a range of minor ailments, allowing people will to see their pharmacist for free treatment instead of making an appointment to see their GP, freeing up GP time to deal with people with more complex needs.
Commenting on the visit Craig Williams MP said:
“This is a really critical time to be expanding the community pharmacy service in Wales. As I saw at Insync, where the pharmacists work closely with the GPs to deliver a full and comprehensive service, the key to an accessible health service is a joined up approach. I’m glad to see that approach is now being taken in both England and Wales, and I will be pressing the case for a speedy and full roll out of Choose Pharmacy across the whole of the Cardiff and Vale Health Board area. It is worrying to hear that not everyone in the health board has been fully supportive of this major innovation and as the Member of Parliament for Cardiff North I will champion this matter to make sure that everyone in my constituency gets equal access to a better, more accessible health service through Choose Pharmacy.”
Russell Goodway from Community Pharmacy Wales added: “Unless every pharmacy gets access to Choose Pharmacy, it will be impossible to explain to the public exactly which pharmacies offer the expanded services. I’m pleased Craig will be making the case to both the local health board and the Welsh health minister that every pharmacy needs to be connected to the new platform.”
Photo: Craig Williams MP with the Rob Cousins, senior pharmacist at Insync in Thornhill Rd, one of the most ground breaking pharmacies in Wales