Pharmacies work towards top status

Kelly Johnstone (left) and Rachel Bestford from Fairmans pharmacy, with their Healthy Living Champion certificates.
Kelly Johnstone (left) and Rachel Bestford from Fairmans pharmacy, with their Healthy Living Champion certificates.

More than a dozen pharmacies have been recognised for their service to improve people’s health.

A total of 13 pharmacies are demonstrating their high quality services by working towards their Level 1 ‘Healthy Living Pharmacy’ status.

Healthy Living Pharmacies deliver a range of health and wellbeing services to a high quality standard, giving proactive advice to their customers to help reduce health inequalities.

Coun Lesley Spillard, whose cabinet portfolio includes public health, said: “These 13 pharmacies have shown their commitment to championing good health in their communities.

“We hope that more pharmacies in the borough will sign up to the programme, with a resulting positive benefit to the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

Pharmacies which achieve Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 status will be able to be identified by the Healthy Living Pharmacy logo on distinctive posters and stickers in store.

Fairmans Pharmacy, on High Street West in Wallsend, is working towards its accreditation.

Staff members Kelly Johnstone and Rachel Bestford have been through the Healthy Living Champion training and spoke of their enthusiasm for the programme.

Rachel said: “We’re delighted to be working towards our accreditation and think it will have a very positive impact on our customers.

“We’re better able to advise people on a range of health subjects, helping us deliver an even better service.”

Pharmacists in North Tyneside who are not yet part of the programme but would like to know more, can contact the council’s public health team on (0191) 643 2105.