Local Senedd Member Paul Davies has visited Newport Pharmacy to discuss pharmacy issues and learn more about the work done by pharmacists during the pandemic. Mr Davies met with Mr Richard Evans to hear more about the vaccination programme, e-prescribing, access to patient records and the campaign for safer pharmacies.
Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit Newport Pharmacy to have a frank discussion about a range of pharmacy matters. Pharmacies across the country have made an enormous contribution throughout the pandemic and it’s vital that we learn lessons for the future and build off good practice. Newport Pharmacy is administering Covid vaccinations and playing a vital role in protecting local people from Covid-19. We discussed the vaccination programme along with several important issues facing the sector and I’m pleased to support the campaign to make our pharmacies as safe as possible for patients and staff. It was an incredibly useful visit and I’ll certainly take the information I received back to the Senedd to raise when the opportunity next presents itself.”
Mr Evans said, “It was a pleasure to meet with Paul at Newport Pharmacy to talk about pharmacy’s response to the pandemic. As we look towards recovery it is important we learn from the pandemic and further develop the services that patients should expect to receive from their local community pharmacy. Digital solutions to connect services and connect us to patients will continue to be important as will delivering more clinical care in partnership with our GP colleagues. How we enhance patient care safely and effectively is now a key question and that’s why it’s important to talk to Paul and other Members of Senedd about the changes that are needed.”