The MSP was given information on the range of services delivered to 600,000 patients who go through the door of Scotland’s community pharmacies every day – including the Chronic Medication Service, Minor Ailments Service, the public health campaigns and successful interventions such as smoking cessation.
The network of 1250 healthcare facilities ensures that community pharmacies provide the modern NHS with its’ most accessible point of contact in communities throughout the country.
The visit was organised by Community Pharmacy Scotland, which represents the interests of the owners of Scotland’s community pharmacies, to help Anne see for herself the positive contribution that a modern pharmacy can have on a community’s health.
Following the visit Anne McTaggart said “It was a pleasure to be able to visit the J A Hogarth Chemist and see first-hand the important and wide-ranging benefits Scotland’s network of community pharmacies brings to patients. The visit helped show me the positive contribution that a modern pharmacy can have on a communities health and I would like to thank all of the staff who kindly took the time to explain the services provided by community pharmacies across the country.”
Mark Feeney, Policy and Development Pharmacist for Community Pharmacy Scotland, added “Community Pharmacy Scotland is always looking to engage and work in partnership with political decision makers on those policies affecting healthcare and pharmacies. It was good of Anne to take an active interest in community pharmacy and to listen to the issues on the affecting one of the key primary healthcare providers within her local area.”
“Staff from the pharmacy kindly spent time explaining the services provided by all community pharmacies in Scotland. It was useful to demonstrate to Anne the investment in services that can make a real difference in a community’s health and wellbeing.”