Mary visits Wallsend Pharmacy

(pictured above: Keith Kendall and Mary Glindon with waste
medicine, and below Mary with pharmacy staff)

Mary Glindon, Labour MP for North Tyneside, visited a local community pharmacy today in the heart of her constituency. Mary was invited by North Tyne Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) to visit ‘Your Local Boots Pharmacy’ in the Forum Centre in Wallsend.

The aim of the visit was to see first hand the variety of healthcare services easily accessible, without an appointment at local pharmacies. Mary is keen to see that the most vulnerable do not suffer from the changes that the current government has proposed to the way health care is managed.

Mary said “a simple chat with the local pharmacist, without an appointment, can for instance, help you give up smoking, manage your medicines and use equipment like inhalers to better effect. These and many more services offered by pharmacies in North Tyneside , such as minor ailments , and sexual health services keep people out of hospital and ease the pressure on both GPs and the NHS budget.”

Mary also remarked “Pharmacy undoubtedly has an important role in improving and maintaining the health of the public. Pharmacies are a cost effective, easily accessible resource that the Coalition needs to make the most of, by ensuring pharmacy has representation on local Health and Wellbeing boards.”

After showing Mary the amount of waste medicines returned to the pharmacy, Keith Kendall Vice Chair of North Tyne LPC said “ Pharmacy can be better utilised to support more effective use of medicines, delivering both value for the country in these tough financial times, and improved outcomes for patients. The recently confirmed New Medicine Service (NMS) is one way pharmacy can improve patient outcomes and reduce the likelihood of adding to the hundreds of millions of pounds a year that medicine wastage currently costs the Health Service.”