Pharmacies play important role in local communities – Hamilton
Health Minister Simon Hamilton has praised local pharmacists for the invaluable contribution they make to local communities throughout Northern Ireland.
During a visit to Parker Pharmacy in Comber the Minister saw at first hand a number of services provided to the community.
The Minister said: “We must not underestimate the key role of the pharmacist in the local community. The pharmacist is simply not there to dispense medications. They are a key resource and are well placed to provide a focal point for the provision of health advice, information and services to support healthier lifestyles and well-being throughout life.
“Pharmacists may be able to offer some sort of support service or treatment without the patient having to make an appointment to see their GP. This kind of professional advice is not only free but it helps take some of the burdens of GP practices and local minor injury units.”
During his visit Mr Hamilton presented the first prize in a children’s art competition run by the pharmacy.