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Shropshire Pharmacists use national week to highlight medicine safety
07 Nov 2018
by Rebecca Dutton

A Shropshire pharmacy is taking part in a campaign to ensure all medicines are dealt with safely.

Lunts Pharmacy, which has two branches in Shrewsbury as well as stores in Craven Arms and Pontesbury, will be joining in the nationwide initiative that highlights the importance of keeping medicines safe and the valuable services pharmacies provide.

Ask Your Pharmacist Week will run from November 5 to 12 and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Let’s Talk About Medicines Safety’.

Martin Lunt, managing director, said: “It is about explaining to patients the risks associated with using medicines inappropriately and encouraging them to talk with the pharmacy team about safe use.

“Patient safety is the key for us and we want each person who comes through the doors – whether for medical information, to buy products or toiletries – to know that we do everything we can to help them live well and safely.

“Ask Your Pharmacist Week is a great national campaign to highlight the vital role pharmacies play in communities across the UK.

“We like to be involved and will have leaflets and flyers in our branches – we are also happy to talk to anyone if they have questions about the campaign or the safe use of their medicine.”

During the week of action there are large-scale public exhibitions, social media campaigns, dignitaries and health related politicians paying visits to pharmacies, and students carrying out opinion surveys.

Mr Lunt: “I believe pharmacies are the lifeblood of some towns, especially in more rural areas.

“Pharmacies can be overlooked in favour of a trip to the GP’s surgery but we can often provide the information, services and medical product required.

“There have been some really exciting introductions to the services offered in store in recent years, in Craven Arms in particular we have been focussing on new ways of helping elderly and isolated people in particular.

“Ask Your Pharmacist Week is the perfect opportunity to remind people of this.”

For more details and upcoming activities during National Ask Your Pharmacist Week visit https://www.npa.co.uk/news-and-events/news-item/ask-your-pharmacist-week/