Welsh Conservative leader welcomes health on the high street
On 3rd March South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies visited Sylvia Williams Pharmacy in Cowbridge to discuss the importance of using your local pharmacist and see the increasing range of services being offered there.
Commenting on the visit, Andrew RT Davies said: “In my role as a local Assembly Member and also as former spokesperson on health, I’ve always taken a keen interest in how community pharmacy is developing. During the visit I heard first hand from Kate Thomas about the challenges of running a high street business, but I was impressed by her passion to keep modernising and ensure that small independent community pharmacies retain a place on our high street.
“With the Welsh Government currently negotiating a new contract for community pharmacists in Wales, I will be pressing the case that pharmacist skills are utilised to the maximum and that as many new services are possible are offered across the whole of Wales.
“I will also be pursuing with Cardiff and Vale Local Health Board why services like smoking cessation and common ailments which have rolled out to every other part of Wales are not being commissioned from pharmacists for people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Postcode health provision is not accessible, be that cancer medicines or helping people kick the tobacco habit.”
Russell Goodway from Community Pharmacy Wales said: “Andrew really saw the potential for using the community pharmacy network to help bring about a localised service in which the over 700 community pharmacies in Wales play a full and expanding role in delivering health care.”
Photo: Andrew RT Davies AM with Kate Thomas from Sylvia Williams Pharmacy and Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales.