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Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2017


It’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week 6-13 November 2017. Pharmacists across Northern Ireland will be reminding the public about the range of services available in local pharmacies, and encouraging them to make use of the help that is at hand.

Visiting the MediCare Pharmacy, at Victoria Road Carrickfergus, Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA said:
“I was pleased to call out with MediCare at their Victoria Road Pharmacy to hear first-hand of the good community engagement that they invest in through the ‘Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership’ scheme. I heard of their proactive partnership working aimed at addressing root causes of inequality with a view to improving lives, health and wellbeing. I was also interested to receive an update on MediCare’s innovative information sharing pilot in the Carrickfergus pharmacy and going forward, I hope that this scheme will be rolled out across Northern Ireland.”

In recent years, community pharmacy has expanded its role, and now provides a wide range of clinical and public health services within easy reach of the people who need them most. However, while most people go first to their pharmacy for medicines and medicines advice, many don’t know about the range of other healthcare services on offer in pharmacies.

Visiting the MediCare Mourne Pharmacy in Strabane, Derry and Strabane District Council Mayor Maoliosa McHugh (SF) said:

Very informative visits to the local pharmacist to-day in Strabane where I was made aware of the full extent of services delivered to the community thus eliminating the need to attend the doctor. Clearly, more work is needed to inform the community of the availability of such services and advice and how easily they may be accessed.”

Kathy Martin Strategic Impact Manager for the Community Development and Health Network, said:

“CDHN was delighted to be invited by CPNI and Medicare to join in their ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ Week celebrations. Our latest impact data shows that 97% of people involved in BCPP projects have a better understanding of pharmacy and 90% of pharmacists have a deeper understanding of local health issues. Through our projects we see stronger connections and relationships resulting in improved health outcomes. This was a great opportunity to share some of our experiences with Roy Beggs MLA and hear more about the successes and challenges of community pharmacy from Michael Guerin.”

Unfortunately local pharmacies are under pressure from lack of additional funding. Please make the most of the services provided at your local pharmacy – this is one of the best ways you can ensure that they stay open to serve your community for generations to come.

MediCare Pharmacy Group Managing Director Michael Guerin said:

“Your local pharmacy is a good first contact point for advice on many common health concerns. While most people will go first to their pharmacy for medicines advice, many don’t know about the range of other healthcare services provided by pharmacies on their doorstep and the level of expertise there.”

Pharmacists are available without appointment and are able to deal with a wide range of ailments, as well as offering uniquely accessible advice on maintaining and improving your health.


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