PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RT HON PETER LILLEY MP
Tuesday November 17th 2009
LILLEY GETS ALL CLEAR AFTER PHARMACY HEALTH CHECK
Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, visited a leading local pharmacist in Harpenden to discuss how high street pharmacists can make a greater contribution to health care.
Graham Phillips, the owner of the Manor Pharmacy Group, told him that pharmacists are keen to do much more than dispense medicines and could offer a wide range of health services to the community.
Peter said: “I was impressed by Graham’s enthusiasm to make pharmacies the first port of call for patients with minor ailments, so reducing the burden on hard pressed GPs.
“He also believes pharmacies should offer various health checks and give advice on issues such as stopping smoking and controlling your weight.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society have been offering these health checks to MPs – an alarmingly high proportion of whom turned out to have serious health problems -so Peter Lilley was apprehensive when offered a check by branch pharmacist Louise Laming. To his relief she concluded his blood pressure etc put him in the category of “youthful athletic”.
“I promised Graham that I would discuss a number of issues with the West Herts Primary Care Trust when I next see them. In particular I would encourage them to have a positive view on the way pharmacists and GPs can work together for the benefit of patients.
“During my visit I also met Chandni Madhvani, a fourth year student at the University of Hertfordshire. She was carrying out a study on the information needs of patients in long term care, and it illustrated a growing and valuable link between the University pharmacy school and local pharmacies.”