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Aileen (centre) with the Lanark Boots team and (right) Kathleen Cowle

 

MSP Aileen Campbell has urged people to think “Pharmacy First” when they are in need of professional health advice.

Aileen was speaking after visiting the Boots Pharmacy in Lanark, where she saw first-hand the range of services offered by healthcare professionals in the heart of our communities.

“I was really impressed by the dedication and commitment of the Boots team for the community of Lanark," she said.

"Community Pharmacies can offer considerable advice and care without the need for an appointment making it a really convenient service that can relieve pressure on GP surgeries & A&E departments.

"Moreover, the pharmacy teams can offer a range of advice and treatment on minor illnesses and can also help to signpost appropriate care within the NHS if required.

“It was also really impressive to hear about the innovation within the profession and to hear from the trainee pharmacist who was inspired to become a pharmacist to care for people and contribute to people’s wellbeing.

"Community Pharmacies are an important part of our health care system and I was glad to get an insight into the scope and scale of their work.”

As well as looking at the Pharmacy First opportunities, the MSP also discussed a range of other pharmacy services including the minor ailment service which is due to be expanded next year.

External Affairs Lead for Boots in Scotland, Kathleen Cowle said: “I think Aileen got a real insight into the range of services and opportunities that maximising the professional abilities of our community pharmacies and their trained staff can offer.

“Scotland has a network of 1257 community pharmacies, all of them offering health and clinical services right in the heart of Scotland’s communities, often six days a week and on a walk-in basis.

“Hundreds of thousands of people pass through the doors of community pharmacies across Scotland each year, and we need to ensure we are doing all we can to get the message out to people to make use of pharmacists and their teams.”

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