AM and MP Visits

 Eluned Morgan AM impressed with modern face of pharmacy
Following her visit to Medical Hall Pharmacy in St Clears, Regional AM Eluned Morgan was impressed at the way Evans Pharmacy, which has a major foot print in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, is embracing new opportunities
The new Choose Pharmacy IT platform being rolled out by the Welsh Government will see pharmacists take responsibility for managing a range of minor ailments. This means people can see their pharmacist for free treatment instead of making an appointment to see their GP, which means GPs will have more time to deal with people with more complex needs.
The Labour Assembly Member said: “For people in rural communities having a protected and extensive pharmacy network is vital. I am determined to work constructively to make sure that an ever wider range of health services can be obtained closer to home for people in Mid & West Wales and I am delighted to see the plans Medical Hall Pharmacy is planning to invest in new consultation and treatment rooms so that access to services in St Clears is expanded.
“But my ambition is not just limited to moving some GP services to pharmacies. We need to think bigger and bolder. On the back of this visit, I will be making the case for blood samples for cancer patients to be collected locally rather than making people trek to Cardiff to get their screening done. It’s time for a real step change for the way in which people can access health care as close to home and as conveniently as possible.
“The Tories made clear in their Autumn Statement, with decisions like cuts to social care leaving one million people without the care they need, that they simply doesn’t care about people here in West Wales. That’s where Welsh decisions make all the difference. Here in Wales we know the advantages offered by a thriving community pharmacy sector - unlike in England, the Welsh Government intends to maintain funding in Wales without cuts. 
“So it’s been particularly important to me today to hear from this community pharmacy the additional contribution they’re making in recognition of the extra investment that’s being made in Wales”.
Mo Nazemi from Evans Pharmacy said: “Eluned really sees the potential for using the community pharmacy network to help bring about a localised service. We will be inviting her back to see the new treatment rooms when they are open, and we will continue to work with her to realise the ambition of a modern health service as close to people as possible, in which the over 700 community pharmacies in Wales play a full and expanding role in delivering health care.”

Photo: Mo Nazemi from Medical Hall Pharmacy, and Eluned Morgan AM

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