MP's visit highlights vital role of pharmacies

February 03 2017

PHARMACIES can play a vital role in helping ease the pressure on GP surgeries and hospitals during the busy winter months.

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PHARMACIES can play a vital role in helping ease the pressure on GP surgeries and hospitals during the busy winter months.

That’s  the message from Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore and the team at Ellacombe Pharmacy in Longwell Green.

Mr Skidmore visited the pharmacy to have his flu jab and talk to superintendent pharmacist Ade Williams and his staff.

He said: “It was great to meet Ade, Jess and everyone at Ellacombe Pharmacy and hear about the different ways they are helping our local community.

"With our A&E helping more people than ever before, it is important that local pharmacies such as this one continues to do what it can to help residents with the minor ailments.”

Pharmacist Jess Williams said: “At the time when the NHS is facing enormous pressure, it is really commendable that Chris Skidmore, a government minister, has taken time to visit Ellacombe Pharmacy to understand the role and to strengthen the value that community pharmacies place in the wellbeing of community and residents in the area.

“It also affords us the opportunity to explain the local implication of the propose changes to the pharmacy funding which has been well highlighted, and I know it is something Chris has written to the minister in the past to seek clarity on the issue. Like many pharmacies embedded in our community we are proud of the clinical role that we play in helping to take care, prevent, and to maintain the health of our residents and we appreciate Chris working with us to find a solution on this important issue.”