Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Deans pharmacy in Maddiston on Friday 20th January.
The visit of Mr MacDonald was organised by Community Pharmacy Scotland, which represents the interests of the owners of Scotland’s 1234 community pharmacies, to help Mr MacDonald see the positive contribution that a modern pharmacy can have on a community’s health.
He met with the pharmacist and pharmacy team to see first hand the important work that community pharmacists now provide on the front line of the modern NHS.
Angus MacDonald MSP, said: “I was delighted to visit the Deans Pharmacy in Maddiston today. Deans Pharmacy provides a vital service to the local community. Community pharmacists play an important role in providing frontline healthcare throughout Falkirk district and Forth Valley, acting as health educators and primary care health campaigners and they are qualified experts in the most effective use of medicines and drug technology. Community pharmacies are at the heart of communities, and I wish the Deans pharmacy every success for the future.”
John Connolly, owner and pharmacist of Deans Pharmacy said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Mr MacDonald to the pharmacy and have the opportunity to explain the challenges we face in community pharmacy. Pharmacists in Scotland have a greater workload than ever before and it is vital that Scottish Government support us in developing the new community pharmacy contract.
“Community pharmacists are the most accessible of all healthcare professionals and much of the good work we do goes unnoticed. It is refreshing to see our MSPs taking a keen interest in our new and ever increasing role and understanding the important contribution we make to the healthcare team.”
One of the main responsibilities for the devolved Scottish Parliament is to consider and decide on health policy and the NHS in Scotland. Community Pharmacy Scotland is keen to demonstrate to members of the parliament the increasing role that pharmacies now have on health issues within local communities.
Matt Barclay, Policy Pharmacist for Community Pharmacy Scotland, said: “Staff from the Deans pharmacy kindly spent time explaining the services provided by all community pharmacies in Scotland. It was useful to demonstrate to Mr MacDonald the investment, in both premises and services that can make a real difference in a community’s health and wellbeing.
I would like to thank the pharmacy team for making the pharmacy available for the visit and for their hospitality on the day. Community Pharmacy MSP visits remain a vital component of Community Pharmacy Scotland’s lobbying activity and we remain committed to engaging with MSPs in this way. It complements the work we do at party political conferences and in the Scottish Parliament on behalf of community pharmacy contractor owners in Scotland.”