Senedd Member Sees Changing Face of Community Pharmacy

Published on: 19th October 2022 | Updated on: 7th November 2023

On Friday 2nd July, newly elected Senedd Member for North Wales, Carolyn Thomas MS, visited Camella pharmacy in Penmaenmawr, Conwy, to see first hand how they dealt with the Covid pandemic and how their services are changing.   Responding to the visit, Carolyn Thomas MS for North Wales said:

“The Welsh Labour Government has prioritised developing the services of community pharmacies not just to take pressure of GPs but to make sure that people have a wider and more accessible port of call for basic health needs like common ailments. When I visited Camella pharmacy in Penmaenmawr, Conwy I was impressed not only to see the range of services they were already delivering but the way in which the pharmacist, Laura, is now training to be an independent prescriber. She and her team have an energy and a dedication that is a credit to them and the patients they serve.

“Community pharmacies have also adapted their range of services to deal with Covid and its impacts. They are also an excellent accessible location for people to collect lateral flow tests, and I was delighted to see Camella in Penmaenmawr was amongst the first to do so when I visited.”

Laura McCoubrey from Camella in Penmaenmawr said:
“Carolyn showed a real appreciation and understanding of community pharmacy and our expanding suite of services. She saw first hand the difference a trained independent prescriber like myself can make to the range of healthcare advice that can be  given in a convenient high street location, and at a time flexible enough to accommodate many people. Community pharmacy is changing, and Carolyn saw that clearly.”
Judy Thomas, Head of Contractor Services at Community Pharmacy Wales said :
“This week the first contractors received their boxes of lateral flow testing kits for distribution to the public, and Carolyn saw the first batch being opened. Throughout the pandemic and beyond, community pharmacies have been at the forefront of extending services to meet changing health demands. This flexibility and adaptability is especially vital in a community like Penmaenmawr which doesn’t have a GP and relies on its well placed high street pharmacy for a whole range of primary care consultations.”