This Saturday, 5 July 2008, marks the 60th birthday of the NHS – and Primage client Day Lewis Pharmacy is celebrating the anniversary by saluting the achievements of the health service and community pharmacy’s valuable contribution to delivering accessible and effective patient care.
On the eve of the anniversary celebrations Peter Glover, Day Lewis Managing Director, reflects with Judy Viitanen on the fact that during the past six decades pharmacy’s expertise and role has developed enormously – which means that for most people the local pharmacy is now their first port of call for medicines and healthcare advice.
Peter comments to Primage MD, Judy Viitanen: “The NHS and community pharmacy has never stood still: both have changed and reformed to meet the public’s expectations and the needs of a changing society. Before the creation of the NHS in July 1948, the high street pharmacist was a community’s easy one stop shop to receiving health care advice. From supplying over the counter medicines to delivering advice on general health care issues, pharmacists were relied upon by their local communities. Over the years, pharmacists have used their five years medical and pharmacological training to become the unsung heroes of the community, providing accessible health care advice on the high street without the need for an appointment. I’m delighted to report that all our 165 Day Lewis Pharmacies around the country continue that tradition of putting patient’s needs first – and are truly at the heart of local healthcare needs in the communities they serve.”
Since 1948, the role of the pharmacist has developed enormously. Today, pharmacists are starting to take on a greater role in managing public health and keeping people healthy, and well informed about their health. And the good news for patients is that the Government has recently acknowledged the accessibility that pharmacy offers and has set out its plans to extend the role of pharmacists in delivering health care in the community. Many of the Day Lewis pharmacies have also started to offer blood pressure and cholesterol testing, managing long-term conditions, managing minor ailments; quitting smoking and weight management.
So, six decades after its birth, the founding values of the NHS – and pharmacy – remain firmly in place – and Day Lewis is pleased to remind all it’s valued customers and patients that the company’s and branch pharmacy services are truly at the heart of patient and healthcare needs of the 21st century NHS!
Day Lewis – Caring For Our Local Communities