BANFF and Buchan MP, Dr Eilidh Whiteford, paid a special visit to a Peterhead pharmacy last week.
Dr. Whiteford met the owner and staff at Buchanhaven Pharmacy on Peterhead’s Skelton Street in a bid to find out how the pharmacy service works and why Scotland’s pharmacists are world leaders.
The visit was arranged by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, and Iain Brotchie and Charles Willis, representatives of the society, were on hand to give Dr. Whiteford a guided tour, along with phramacy owner, Sam Melrose.
Commenting on her visit, Dr. Whiteford said: “ “Pharmacists are frequently the first point of contact with the NHS for people who are unwell.
“The pharmacy also lies at the heart of how the NHS will evolve to meet the changing patient needs in Scotland.
“While health is devolved to the Scottish Parliament there are a number of important issues that are still controlled by Westminster, such as preventing medicines shortages and making sure medicines are dispensed safely.
“But perhaps the most important aspect of health policy in relation to pharmacies has been the removal of prescription charges by the Scottish Government, benefitting over 8,000 people in Banff & Buchan on low incomes.”
Speaking during the visit, Mr Brotchie told the Buchanie: “Today we are showing Dr. Whiteford how a pharmacy works in the community in Scotland.
“We are highlighting the fact that it is not just about dispensing medicines safely any more, it’s a more community-focused facility which offers a range of services to help people.
“Today’s pharmacy can help people to stop smoking, deal with diabetes, get help and advice on numerous ailments and much, much more,” he added.