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JUST WHAT THE PHARMACIST ORDERED

October 28, 2003 12:04 PM

HOW can the Glasgow public instantly access everything from stop smoking therapy to crucial infant health advice?

The answer isn't solely by making an appointment with a GP, but by simply popping into a high street pharmacy.

This week will see enthusiastic community pharmacy staff mark the start of NHS Greater Glasgow's annual Pharmacy Awareness Campaign (October 26-November 7) with public participation being the key objective.

Norma Choat, Pharmacy Health Promotion Facilitator (for the north and west of Greater Glasgow), said: "We've really been looking forward to this week, when we hope to see as many pharmacies as possible take part.

"We've provided fun promotional materials and let pharmacy staff shape each individual store's week.

"For example, we've issued balloons, T-shirts, baby beakers and key rings

 bearing the pharmacy awareness campaign slogan.

"The pharmacies will promote a wide range of services including medicine management for the elderly, accident prevention, the smoking cessation project, the head lice treatment project and information on changing infants from bottle feeding to plastic cups."

Norma went on to say that last year saw around 100 pharmacies across Greater Glasgow participate in the campaign (which is now in its third year) - and even more are hoped to jump on the bandwagon this year.

The pharmacy frontwoman added: "Everyone's welcome to take part in whatever their local pharmacy is up to.

"We hope this week will pull in the crowds for some fun but educational pharmacy awareness."

ENDS   

Caroline Jarvie on 0141 201 4447

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