For the first time chemists throughout Clyde are taking part in the annual “Pharmacy Awareness Campaign.”
This is the sixth year of the scheme, which is being run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde from August 20 to September 2, and more than 300 pharmacies are eligible to take part.
It is an opportunity for pharmacists to promote public health services within their local community, and topics covered so far have included asthma, heart disease, diabetes, eczema and alcohol awareness.
Pharmacists are being asked to promote one or a number of health topics, either through a window display or in-store, or by working with local groups such as nurseries or drop-in centres.
Last year’s winner Iain Fulton of Wm. Morrison Pharmacy in Newlands, Glasgow, said:
"The Pharmacy Awareness Campaign provides us, as community pharmacists, an extra opportunity to promote the wide range of services we have available to the public.
During the last campaign we chose five services that we offer to our patients and focused on one of them each day of the week.
“With the support of Wm Morrison Supermarkets, and various pharmaceutical companies, we set up information displays, held competitions for children and had extra staff available to talk with the public and answer any enquiries they had.
“Feedback from the public and from staff in our store indicated the campaign was worthwhile.
“I would encourage all community pharmacists and their staff to get involved in this year’s Pharmacy Awareness Campaign and help make our public more aware of the excellent services availably to them through NHS community pharmacies."
Norma Choat, Pharmacy Public Health Facilitator, East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership, said:
"I hope all the pharmacies in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area will support the Pharmacy Awareness Campaign as it is such a worthwhile public health promotion initiative.
“Pharmacist are invited to respond to local needs and health improvement priorities which might include smoking cessation services, diabetes, alcohol, asthma and heart disease awareness".
Each pharmacy will be supplied with posters, balloons, pens, pencils, bookmarks and t-shirts emblazoned with the “Just Ask Your Pharmacists about Health” message.
For more information contact Susan Carden, Communications Officer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, tel. 0141 305 0305/ 201 4429.
A silver salver and vouchers are awarded to the pharmacy showing the most initiative in getting the message across.