AM and MP Visits

Chair of Public Account Committee visits local pharmacy

On Friday 4th November Nick Ramsay AM, the Conservative Assembly Member for Monmouth, visited the Lloyds Pharmacy in Llanyrafon, Cwmbran to find out more about the changing face of pharmacy.
During an informative hour with Wayne and Vicky from Lloyds Pharmacy, the Chair of the influential Public Accounts Committee discussed finance related issues around medicines wastage, delayed discharge from hospitals, and using the additional funding promised for pharmacies to secure an enhanced and consistent role for them as primary care providers across Wales.

Commenting on the visit, Nick Ramsay AM said:

"Pharmacies are increasingly becoming the first port of call for common ailments, thereby freeing up space in busy GP surgeries and A&E departments. NHS funding as a share of the Welsh block grant is increasing year on year, so delivering value for money for every penny is a greater concern. Community pharmacies, such as the Lloyds pharmacy I visited in Llan-yr-Afon, are already delivering a number of NHS services in the local area, securing value for money and promoting public good health messages for patients." 

Commenting on the visit, Jayne Howard from Community Pharmacy Wales said:

"Nick clearly appreciated that making good use of pharmacies is good for the financial health of the NHS as well as the health of the patient. We welcome his commitment to keep working with us on highlighting areas where public money can be spent to give the best return for the NHS and the public."

Photo Caption: Left to Right:
Wayne Rees, Area Manager - Lloyds Pharmacy, Llanyrafon
Vicky Cornelius, Pharmacy Manager- Lloyds Pharmacy, Llanyrafon
Nick Ramsey- AM- the Conservative Assembly Member for Monmouth
Jayne Howard- Community Pharmacy Wales

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