MSP’s praise for pharmacists’ role

Dispensing handshakes: North East Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes meeting Community Pharmacist Michelle Strachan in Rowlands Pharmacy, Ellon
Dispensing handshakes: North East Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes meeting Community Pharmacist Michelle Strachan in Rowlands Pharmacy, Ellon

Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes has praised the role of community pharmacies, following a visit to an Ellon chemist last Friday.

Mrs McInnes, who is her party’s Health spokeswoman, visited Rowlands Pharmacy to meet with staff. Arranged by Community Pharmacy Scotland, which represents the owners of Scotland’s 1228 community pharmacies, the body is organising similar visits for MSPs around the country to highlight the increasing role that pharmacies have in community healthcare, as well as to make the case for allowing community pharmacists to access to electronic patient records to improve patient safety.

Speaking afterwards, Mrs McInnes said “Pharmacies play a key role in delivering local medical care. They can be an important first point of contact for people. That is why I was keen to learn more at first hand of the work of a local pharmacist. I have a great admiration for the vital work they do.”

Pharmacy Manager Ms Strachan said she was delighted to welcome Mrs McInnes, adding “Pharmacies play a very important role in the community providing essential services as well as advice. Rowlands is particularly proactive in its approach to the health and wellbeing of its customers and patients and we’re always looking at new ways in which we can add value to our existing services.”