Nigel Quinton, the Liberal Democrats candidate for Welwyn and Hatfield, pledged his support for Johns and Kelynack Pharmacy and other pharmacies in Welwyn and Hatfield following an election campaign visit.
Nigel met pharmacist Sarah Gaynor and her team to see how community pharmacies are easing the pressure on the NHS by freeing up time for GPs and Accident and Emergency departments. Johns and Kelynack Pharmacy provides advice and support for local patients to help them to get the most benefit from their medicines and to lead healthy lives. It also offers services for people with long-term conditions, including ordering repeat prescriptions, medication reviews and free medicine deliveries.
Nigel said: "I'm proud to be backing pharmacies like Johns and Kelynack in this election. The people of Welwyn and Hatfield deserve the best NHS healthcare and we can only fix the problems we face with the pressure on the NHS by making the most of community pharmacy. Our manifesto says that we will ensure that any changes to the way pharmacies are funded do not leave local areas without reasonable access to a community pharmacist."
Sarah said: "Community pharmacy is a great and accessible way to find healthcare advice and support. We are the experts on the use of medicines and should be the first port of call if you are feeling unwell."
Local pharmacists and their teams are a key part of your neighbourhood health service. Community pharmacies provide a range of NHS services, ensure people can get face-to-face care without an appointment and take pressure off GPs and hospitals.
With consistent support from government, community pharmacists can do much more to:
- Take pressure off GPs and hospitals
- Make access to NHS care more convenient
- Help people with long-term conditions
- Promote public health services
- Get better value from medicines
- Save the NHS money
That is why we are asking candidates in the coming General Election to show their support for pharmacy.