MSP visits Duns community pharmacy

THE positive contribution made by modern community pharmacies was witnessed first hand by South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume when he visited Duns pharmacy recently.

The visit was organised by Community Pharmacy Scotland, which represents Scotland’s community pharmacies, to help Mr Hume see the important and wide-ranging benefits Scotland’s network of community pharmacies. He was given information on the range of services delivered by around 1240 healthcare facilities to 600,000 patients every day – including the chronic medication service, the public health campaigns and successful interventions such as smoking cessation.

Borders MSP, Jim Hume said: “Community pharmacies like this one in Duns are so important especially in rural areas. They’re often a first port of call for residents needing healthcare advice and are an important part of the health service.”

Pharmacy owner, George Romanes said: “It was great to show a local MSP round our flagship pharmacy in Duns. Mr Hume saw our modern pharmacy premises and we talked about the changes that have been made in Scotlands community pharmacies over the past ten years shifting the focus from medicines to the patient and their care.

“We discussed the possibility of pharmacists accessing the patients care summary which would improve our services on a Saturday and or local holidays when the surgeries are closed.”

Malcolm Clubb, senior policy pharmacist for Community Pharmacy Scotland added: “It was useful to demonstrate to Mr Hume the investment in services and technology that can make a real difference in a community’s health and wellbeing.”