Community pharmacy teams, teams involved in the medicines supply chain and the senior Scottish pharmacy government leadership team were praised at the weekend by National Clinical Director Jason Leitch during the Scottish daily briefing.
He highlighted the efforts of community pharmacy teams and particularly how they have adapted to the conditions that have arisen as a result of the pandemic. In particular he made note of the fact that community pharmacies in Scotland have remained open throughout the pandemic.
During the press conference Jason Leitch commented:
“I’d like today to acknowledge the efforts of all colleagues in all sectors across the pharmacy profession. Working hard to ensure that people have access to their medicines. Whichever setting pharmacists and their teams are working in they are playing a critical role as Scotland continues to face the challenge of slowing down the spread COVID-19 in order to save lives.
“In Scotland alone to date, 326 pharmacists and 226 pharmacy technicians have returned to the register to offer their services during this pandemic. All 1258 community pharmacies across the length and breadth of Scotland are at the front line supporting the NHS during this pandemic and are playing a vital role in ensuring our medicines are effectively and safely dispensed.
“Community pharmacy teams up and down the country are working to serve their local communities providing professional healthcare advice and treatment during the current outbreak.
“During this pandemic community pharmacy teams have stepped up by extending the minor ailments service, providing advice, treatment or referral for everyday conditions including the symptoms of COVID-19 to high-risk groups such as the elderly, children and those that cannot afford to self-care.
“Unlike many other public services and businesses community pharmacies have remained open during the entire pandemic so please do be kind if you have to wait a little longer than normal.
“Again community pharmacies will stay open where they can during this May bank holiday weekend.”
Leitch went on to mention all the teams involved with the pharmaceutical supply chain at this time.
“I also want to acknowledge those working in the pharmaceutical supply chain who are ensuring that the medicines supply chain continues uninterrupted.”
He finally paid tribute to Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Rose Marie Parr, who has delayed her planned retirement, and her team at Scottish Government.
“And finally I would like to acknowledge the leadership and work of Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Rose Marie Parr and her team in Government in partnership with the Director of Pharmacy in each of our Health Boards their leadership has been crucial to this pandemic response.
“So to each of you, thank you for everything you have done.”