Ken Skates welcomes keeping health on the High Street in Wales
On 20 January Ken Skates AM visited the recently refurbished Vittoria Pharmacy in Rhostyllen, Wrexham to discuss the importance of using your local pharmacist and the vital role they play in keeping health on the High Street in Wales.
His visit follows the decision of the Welsh Government to invest in the community pharmacy sector in Wales, in contrast to the reduction in funding available to community pharmacies in England from 1 December 2016. The cuts amount to a reduction of 4% to the sector in England in 2016-17 and over 7% in 2017-18.
Commenting on the visit Welsh Government minister and local Assembly Member Ken Skates said:
“The community pharmacy sector is a fundamental part of a strong primary care service. As a government we are investing in them to take pressure off our GP services, reducing unnecessary appointments and making sure people are able to see the right professional in the right setting at the right time. This is good sense for the patient, the health service and for our high streets. As we’ve seen across North Wales, all too often core services are disappearing from our shopping centres and it’s important that the community pharmacy retains its local presence.
“I was particularly pleased to visit Vittoria Pharmacy in Rhostyllen and officially open the new premises. Their expanded consulting room facility is a great example of what services can be offered for patients close to home and shows the network is modernising to keep pace with demand.”
Speaking for Community Pharmacy Wales, Judy Henley said:
“This is an exciting time for community pharmacy in North Wales. Not only are we working with Welsh Government to invest in new services but we are also rolling out a new information technology platform across Wrexham, Denbighshire and other north Wales counties to put the region at the cutting edge of how health professionals communicate with each other for the good of the patient.”
Photo: Ken Skates AM with Judy Henley from Community Pharmacy Wales and Gerald Thomas and Michelle Williams from Vittoria Pharmacy.