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Theresa Villiers welcomes arrival of pharmacy scheme in Barnet

The Chipping Barnet MP visited Greenfield pharmacy in New Barnet to mark the launch of the programme which will enable pharmacists to provide treatment for a small number of common conditions

Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers with Hasil from Greenfield pharmacy in New Barnet
Theresa Villiers with Hasil from Greenfield pharmacy in New Barnet – (Credit – Office of Theresa Villiers MP)

Chipping Barnet Theresa Villiers has hailed the launch of the new Pharmacy First service following a visit to a participating pharmacy in New Barnet.

Villiers said the scheme, which will include 10,000 pharmacists across the country, would take pressure off GPs by enabling pharmacists to treat seven common conditions: earache, sinusitis, sore throat, impetigo, infected insect bite, shingles, and uncomplicated UTIs (in women under the age of 65).

Following her visit to Greenfields pharmacy in New Barnet, she said: “Pharmacies are such an important part of our health system and our local high streets. It is great that they are taking on this expanded role enabling them to issue prescription-only medication for a number of conditions.”

“Four in five people live within a 20 minute walk of a pharmacist, staffed by skilled healthcare professionals. It makes so much sense to give them a bigger role. As well as being convenient for their customers, this new programme should also free up many GP appointments for people with more complex conditions.”

“I’ve been campaigning to improve access to GP appointments and warmly welcome Pharmacy First as a means to help deliver that. It was really helpful to hear from Hasil about how the initiative is working. It sounds like it has been very popular with his customers.”


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