MP Tom Brake visited a newly opened community pharmacy in his Carshalton constituency.
The pharmacy offers a wide range of services including medicines use reviews, minor ailments service, Free NHS stop smoking service, free NHS healthcheck, diabetes screening, emergency hormonal contraception, chlamydia testing, supervised methadone, influenza vaccinations, weight loss clinic and new medicines service and Tom Brake MP was able to see first hand the growing contribution that pharmacy can make to the well-being of the local community.
Raj Patel, NPA board member, superintendent pharmacist and owner of Mount Elgon Pharmacy, said:
“I am delighted that Mr Brake saw for himself the crucial role that pharmacies play in promoting good health and delivering vital NHS services close to where people live, work and shop.”
Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington said:
“I wanted to see for myself some of the developments in community pharmacies that mean my constituents can access a range of NHS services on their doorstep. The visit reminds me of the important place that pharmacies have on the NHS frontline and at the heart of local communities in Carshalton and Wallington constituency. The newly refurbished Mount Elgon Pharmacy is great news for local people. It will provide a fabulous range of pharmacy services including a full range of healthchecks to prevent people from getting ill in the first place".
Tom added "I will drop in to take advantage of the Free NHS Healthcheck myself. Prevention is better than cure!”
Mike Holden, Chief Executive of the National Pharmacy Association said:
“It’s great to see pharmacies engaging with local MPs. As the new NHS architecture starts to take shape, it’s increasingly important that MPs and local government politicians are aware of the valuable contribution pharmacies provide in local communities.”