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Health Chiefs say thank you on World Pharmacists Day

24 Sep 2020by lindseyh

Health Chiefs across the Black Country and West Birmingham would like to give recognition and thanks to pharmacists for the role they play in keeping patients safe and healthy this World Pharmacist Day (25 September)

Pharmacists are the first port of call for many with health concerns and provide support to people at all stages of their lives. Located on the high street, in supermarkets, hospitals, and more increasingly in GP practices, pharmacists provide an outstanding service to local people all year round.

As well as selling over the counter medicines and helping people get their routine prescriptions, pharmacies offer flu jabs and health checks and provide support and reassurance to the customers they interact with on a daily basis. In recent months community pharmacy teams on the frontline have also provided an invaluable service to local people, as well as supporting local GPs as part of the NHS-wide response to Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dr Ruth Edwards, Chair at NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I would like to personally thank pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and their teams for their commitment to patients and the public this World Pharmacists Day.We recognise that community pharmacy teams on the frontline are providing an excellent service to local people, as well as supporting local GPs.’

Stephen Noble, Dudley Local Pharmaceutical Committee Chief Officer said: “World Pharmacist Day was officially designated in 2009 by the International Pharmaceutical Federation to raise awareness of the role of pharmacists in healthcare and increase community involvement of pharmacists at national and local levels.

Whilst the public know and value the service pharmacy provides, very often, the profession doesn’t get the thanks or recognition it deserves. I’m overwhelmed by the effort and professionalism that our local teams have shown this year. Dudley Local Pharmaceutical Committee would like to thank each and every one of our hard-working pharmacists and their teams, for providing that valuable frontline service the public has come to rely on.