Important changes to the pharmacy at St Mary's Health Centre will take effect from the 1st of July due to staffing challenges.
In a a open letter posted on Social Media Dr John Garman said:
"We have been working closely with NHS England to make sure that we are still able to provide a safe service to patients, and it is important to point out that these are only temporary changes and that we will do everything we can at the Health Centre to make sure that the impact on patients is kept to a minimum."
With regards to the actual changes which will take effect from the 1st July Dr Garman added:
"The biggest change is that the pharmacy will cease to be a dispensing pharmacy and that the Health Centre will become a dispensing practice instead. For those of you who need prescription medication, this means very little change in the way you will receive medication. You can continue to request medication in the same way you always have, and will continue to pick it up in the same way that you currently do."
"However, for those wishing to buy “over the counter” medications – for example sea sick tablets and anti-histamines – the sales counter will operate on restricted hours: 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday only. We recognise this is not ideal and we’re sorry for the inconvenience, but we are working hard to resolve the situation."
These changes to the pharmacy will be for an initial period of 3 months, after which they are hoping to be able to re-commence a full service.
Will was joined in the studio by Dr John Garman to find out a bit more about these temporary changes - listen below.