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a final screenshot pwadNovember 21 2017

Community pharmacy is campaigning today in Westminster, to promote the role that community pharmacies can play in helping people to stay healthy through the winter.

Using the hashtag #pharmacywinter on social media, the action day aims to showcase all that community pharmacies can do to reduce pressure on other parts of the health service as it faces winter pressures.

PSNC and other pharmacy organisations are promoting community pharmacy at Parliament, while pharmacies are hosting visits by MPs and local councillors. A WePharmacists Twitter chat will also take place this evening from 8.00pm.

“We are encouraging community pharmacy teams to share their experiences through social media about how they contribute to helping people stay healthy this winter,” said PSNC. Campaign resources are available online at psnc.org.uk/wintercampaign.

Zoe Long, PSNC’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs, added: “The #pharmacywinter action day is another chance for us to demonstrate the public support that community pharmacy has, and to talk to people, whether MPs, patients or local Councillors, about all that we do for patients and local communities.

“Community pharmacies play a vital role in helping both local communities and the NHS to manage during winter, and as pressure on health services increases this support has never been more important. We look forward to hearing about all the work that local pharmacies are doing on social media today; and to showcasing the positive difference that pharmacies do and could make to politicians.”

Sandra Gidley, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board, said: “In the weeks leading up to the Budget, we have seen increasing numbers of NHS leaders warn of the pressures facing the health service, not only in terms of a perfect storm this winter, but also longer-term concerns for future funding in 2018 and beyond.

“With hospital teams reportedly on standby to manage this winter in the same way as the junior doctor strikes, the RPS will continue shining a spotlight on community pharmacy’s potential to support patient care and alleviate pressures on the rest of the NHS.”

Nanette Kerr, Chief Executive of the CCA, said the CCA has been campaigning with the other pharmacy bodies to make the case for the sector to Government and other stakeholders. “The Parliamentary Action Day provides us with a great opportunity to demonstrate the value that community pharmacy adds to people, communities and the NHS. We particularly want to highlight the role that we can play in supporting people to stay well during the winter months and provide much needed capacity in primary care.”

Stephen Fishwick, Head of Communications at the NPA, added: “Community Pharmacy is vital all year round but especially so during the winter months when the health system creaks under the pressure of increased demand. The pharmacy winter action day is an opportunity to highlight to MPs, NHS managers and others the sector's vital contribution, this coming season and every season.”

Links:
PSNC reminder                
RPS statement   
WePharmacists twitter chat via WeCommunities                

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