MP Visits to Community Pharmacies in East Sussex
Maria Caulfield MP for Lewes, visited St Annes Pharmacy in Lewes
St Anne’s Pharmacy in Lewes has welcomed a visit from the local MP Maria Caulfield.
The visit provided a great opportunity for Maria to meet with all of the staff and to discuss with them their opinions on the Government proposals for pharmacies, as well as hearing about the tremendous service they provide for the Lewes community.
Maria has continually been an outspoken advocate on the importance of pharmacies in the structural chain of the NHS, and has met with Health Ministers and the Secretary of State in order to discuss how pharmacies can be supported to grow and develop. In other countries pharmacies are treated more as a front-line service and Maria has campaigned for extra funding so that our pharmacies, where extremely experienced pharmacy staff work, can be funded to undertake more services for patients.
Maria commented: “I am very aware of the vital services that pharmacies provide in our communities and indeed I have received a number of emails and letters from constituents telling me how much their local pharmacy has helped them especially St. Anne’s in Lewes. I would like to thank all of the staff at St. Anne’s for their fantastic work and am grateful for their invaluable service for Lewes.”
Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion, visited Ross Pharmacy in Brighton
….to show support in the wake of news of the Governments imposition of cuts to funding for community pharmacies.
Caroline said “Community pharmacies play a vital role in meeting health needs, and they take pressure off other parts of the local health and care service. For example, they have a strong track record in delivering positive public health outcomes, like supporting good sexual health and reducing substance misuse; and they support independent living by helping people to understand the correct use and management of medicines, as well as providing health lifestyle advice and support for self-care. A community pharmacy is also one of the core businesses that can make a difference between a viable high street and one that is failing commercially – sustaining communities, providing investment, employment and training.”
Nus Ghani MP for Wealden, visited Kamsons Pharmacy in Uckfield
Nus spent an hour meeting with Conor and the whole team at the pharmacy. She was really interested in the different services provided and especially the free delivery service of medicines.
Nus said, “The fact that over 100 patients per day receive their medicines delivered free of charge by their local pharmacy, at no cost to the patient or the NHS, is a real positive for our local area. The possible impact of changes to pharmacy funding on the rural communities of Wealden is a cause for concern and I will be speaking to the Minister about this.”
Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown, visited Lloyds Pharmacy, Wellsbourne Health Centre, Whitehawk.
He learned about the services offered by community pharmacies in addition to the supply of medicines, including free delivery.
Simon said, “It was great to visit Lloyds Pharmacy in Whitehawk and speak to the Pharmacist about the important work Community Pharmacies do.”
Caroline Ansell MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, visited Kamsons Pharmacy at 187 Victoria Drive in Eastbourne and Boots Pharmacy at Sovereign Harbour.
Caroline had the chance to see how community pharmacies operate at the heart of the communities they serve, offering high quality health services and advice.
“For minor ailments like coughs and colds it can make sense to go to a pharmacist for help and advice this winter rather than tying up NHS services unnecessarily” said Caroline. “There is no doubt that pharmacies in Eastbourne can give expert advice and I would encourage people to visit them in the first instance because they offer a variety of services that could help.”
Left: Caroline Ansell MP
Right: Mrs Susan Otter Pharmacy Manager, Kamsons Victoria Drive.
Peter Kyle, MP for Hove visits Parris and Greening Community Pharmacy
Peter Kyle, the new Labour MP for Hove, on a visit to Parris and Greening pharmacy expressed his support for the sector after learning of pharmacy’s role in a major local project to expand the provision and accessibility of primary care services, EpiC.
“As ever, Brighton and Hove is showing the rest of the nation how to do things. I’m delighted that this local project has at its heart treating people in the community and at times convenient to them. Pharmacists and pharmacies are an under-used resource and have a major role to play.”
He also learned about the national rollout of Summary Care Record access and the new NHS flu vaccination service.
Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle visits Trackside Community Pharmacy
Huw Merriman, the new Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle, visited ‘Trackside’ pharmacy in Bexhill to see the range of services offered.
The visit was an opportunity to discuss with Ceri McEwan, pharmacist, the recent announcement in pharmacy about the free NHS flu vaccination service.
He was keen to learn more about how community pharmacy can help local people live healthier and be the first point of call for advice on common ailments.