Cheadle MP visits local pharmacy

Cheadle MP visits local pharmacy

March 7, 2018

Cheadle MP Mary Robinson has visited a local community pharmacy to find out how they help people stay well, recover from minor conditions, and live longer, healthier lives.

Mrs Robinson spent time at Peak Pharmacy in Heald Green meeting staff and hearing about the wide range of services it provides.  Her visit coincided with a national NHS campaign encouraging people to use community pharmacies as their first port of call for minor illnesses such as sore throats, tummy problems, teething, and coughs and colds, instead of heading straight to a GP.

During her visit, Mrs Robinson found out how Peak Pharmacy is one of a number of pharmacies in the Stockport area that provides free consultations to help people with asthma or COPD use their inhalers correctly.  It also provides free blood pressure checks to help diagnose high blood pressure or a heart condition called atrial fibrillation.

Mrs Robinson also discussed how the pharmacy works with local GP practices and hospitals to support patients, help people stay well, and relieve pressure from other NHS services.

Peter Marks, Pharmacist at Peak Pharmacy and a member of Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee (GMLPC), said: “It was a privilege to welcome Mary to Peak Pharmacy and to show her the vast range of care that community pharmacies like ours provide, including advice and treatment for minor ailments, medication reviews, sexual health, and much more.  We are at the heart of the local community and provide vital care and advice for minor conditions, as well as support for people with long-term illnesses.”

Adam Irvine, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee (GMLPC), the statutory organisation that represents local pharmacies, said: “Community pharmacies are the most accessible form of healthcare, offering personalised medicines support, information and advice, and a range of services to help people stay well.  Pharmacists are highly-qualified experts who complete five years of training before we can practise, so we are your first port of call for minor illnesses and general health advice.”

Pictured (l-r): Peter Marks, Mary Robinson MP, Adam Irvine

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