Ask Your Pharmacist
Cathy Harrison (second from left) is the chief pharmaceutical officer at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland

Cathy Harrison interacted with patients and staff in the pharmacy before recording a video to promote NI’s ‘Pharmacy First’ service in which she described community pharmacies as “one of the front doors to the health service” with over 500 outlets located across the country.

“In our community pharmacies you can always rely on friendly staff, medicines expertise, and walk-in access to face-to-face advice,” she said.

First launched in Scotland, the NHS Pharmacy First service enables patients to have a consultation with a pharmacist for advice on minor ailments.

Ms Harrison also drew attention to community pharmacy’s role in cancer awareness and helping people to quit smoking, as well as managing patients with urinary tract infections, in addition to playing their part in delivering Covid-19 and flu vaccinations.

The CPhO’s visit was co-hosted by the NPA and Medicare, Northern Ireland’s largest pharmacy group with 53 pharmacies.


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