A North Wales Assembly Member has been finding out about the changing role for local pharmacists in the community.
North Wales UKIP AM Michelle Brown and spokesperson for communities recently visited Rowlands Pharmacy in Holywell, to see 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 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 Michelle Brown AM said:
“This is a really critical time to be expanding the community pharmacy service in Wales and I am delighted the service is being made available in North Wales first. As I saw at Rowlands Pharmacy, the range of services offered by community pharmacy is increasing steadily and it’s important the public has confidence in the network to deliver these extra services.”
She also welcomed the additional investment in pharmacy in Wales:
“It is vital that all parts of our health service play a full and active role in providing the best and most accessible health care. I was particularly pleased to hear of the effective joint working between Rowlands Pharmacy and the hospital in Holywell around smoking cessation services, showing that co-operation can make a real difference to the health of the population in North Wales.”
Speaking for Community Pharmacy Wales, Judy Henley said:
“This is a really transformational time for community pharmacy in North Wales. The new Choose Pharmacy IT platform is being rolled out in Betsi Cadwaladr first, and there is a huge opportunity now to connect up different parts of the health service so that community pharmacy becomes used ever more extensively in making health care accessible and modern.”
Photo: Michelle Brown AM and Tomas Libucha from Rowlands Pharmacy in Holywell.