Altaf Hussein MS Celebrates NHS Birthday at a Community Pharmacy

Published on: 19th October 2022 | Updated on: 27th September 2023

On Monday 5th July, Senedd Member for South Wales West Dr Altaf Hussein MS visited Porthcawl Pharmacy at Porthcawl Medical Centre, to see first hand how they dealt with the Covid pandemic and how their services are changing.   Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales said:
“Seventy three years to the day after the founding of the NHS, it was good to talk to Altaf as a long standing health professional about the changes in community pharmacy. He recalls the time when community pharmacists predominantly made their own mixtures, but can also see a future where the pharmacist does as much consulting as dispensing. Health needs change and health roles must change with them.”
Dr Altaf Hussein MS said:
“Community pharmacists are an essential part of the primary care team and, on the anniversary of founding the NHS, I want to thank them all for their unstinting and exemplary work over the past year in keeping their doors open and the public supplied with medicines and services during the pandemic. “At the impressive Porthcawl Pharmacy I was able to see not only the dispensing robot but the new consulting rooms. These investments will make a huge difference to those requiring an expanded range of pharmacy services. But there is always more to do, and I want to see every community pharmacy installed with a defibrillator too.”