Health Minister sees first-hand the benefits of community pharmacy

Date published: 14 September 2016


Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has today visited Cooper's Pharmacy to see the invaluable work carried out by community pharmacies.

The Minister spoke with the community pharmacy team at Cooper’s Chemists. She said: “Today I have seen how valued community pharmacies like Coopers are and how important it is to ensure that their contribution to improving the health of our people is developed. Altogether community pharmacies here in the north of Ireland dispensed over 40 million prescription items last year and their unequalled access to patients provides them with the opportunity to promote wellbeing through the best use of medicines and healthy lifestyles.

“With a growing population presenting with more long-term complex needs, getting the best outcomes from the medicines that are prescribed and supplied can help reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment and alleviate the burden on acute care.

“This community pharmacy is an excellent example of how working together can improve patient outcomes for the people in this area of Belfast.”

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