|Look No Further For The Community Pharmacy Of The Year|
The national 2014 award goes to Putney Pharmacy
The 2014 Pharmacy Business Awards showcased the best community pharmacy has to offer a strained NHS...and offered a notable tribute from a very high profile guest....
Jeremy Hunt MP spoke before 11 awards were handed out to community pharmacists who had excelled in their attempts to improve the health and well-being of their local populations across the UK.
"We need a culture of safety and compassionate care in the NHS and what I really wanted to say is that pharmacists have an incredibly important role to play in all parts of that plan," was how Hunt had begun speech.
"When it comes to treating people out of hospital, I heard you could probably cope with 20% of GP visits and 8% of A&E visits. And we need to increase our capacity dramatically to look after people better out of hospital and you are incredibly accessible over very, very long hours.
"You are a very, very important part of that plan. When it comes to innovation and technology, I think we've only just started to scratch the surface in the NHS but I would love pharmacists to be able to access GP medical records with their permission so they can see people's medication history and give them even better advice than you already do.
"I want to thank you for your efforts. There's such huge opportunities tapping into what you have to offer as we get our NHS to go from strength to strength and deal with the challenges of an ageing population amid really tough financial circumstances."
Community pharmacies were recognised for their contribution to public health over the last 12 months.