New Senedd Member Visits Vital Community Pharmacy In Hay On Wye

Published on: 19th October 2022 | Updated on: 16th October 2023

On Monday 5th July, new Senedd Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, James Evans MS, joined Community Pharmacy Wales in visiting the RM Jones Pharmacy in Hay on Wye, a family owned business which has been in the town over three generations spanning sixty years.   “Pharmacists play a vital role within our communities across Brecon and Radnorshire, throughout the pandemic they have remained open to help the most vulnerable and provide much needed supplies to those in need.

My visit to RM Jones Pharmacy in Hay on Wye was to see how modern pharmacy works, the expanding range of services and the modern way in which medicines are proscribed.

Pharmacies play a key role in alleviating pressure on surgeries and other medial centres and it’s vital they get the support they deserve.”

Emily Jones from RM Jones Pharmacy in Hay on Wye said:

“It was a great opportunity to meet with James Evans to discuss the changing shape of community pharmacy in Wales. We are grateful for his time in listening to our concerns and his thanks for the work we did in keeping our doors open and patients supported throughout the Covid pandemic. We are lucky to have such a dedicated team at R M Jones Pharmacy, working closely with our local GPs and fantastic community. James was very receptive to hearing about the challenges to community pharmacy, not least the current traffic disruption in Hay-on-Wye. We also discussed the need for the fullest possible commissioning of services like Covid booster vaccines in the autumn. We are grateful for the interest and support that James has shown in the development of community pharmacy.”

Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales said:
“In a small town with a strong tourist economy like Hay on Wye, the importance of an accessible community pharmacy is vital for residents and visitors alike. Services managed through community pharmacy like Emergency Supply of medicines offer a convenient and accessible service, and make a major difference to many tourists and take significant pressure off local GPs.”