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Newly refurbished pharmacy will benefit all in Upper Lisburn Road area - Poots

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister Edwin Poots has today officially re-opened Balmoral Pharmacy on Belfast’s Upper Lisburn Road.

The pharmacy has undergone a major refit and now includes a private consultation room for the delivery of additional clinical services.

Minister Poots said: “I am delighted to officially mark the re-opening of the newly refurbished pharmacy which will bring real benefits to the residents in the surrounding area.

“Under Transforming Your Care (TYC) and at the core of my vision for our health and social care system is the need to raise the quality of care, improve outcomes, and enhance the patient experience.

“I recognise that the provision of safe, high quality pharmacy services that meet the needs of the community has a key role to play in delivering this vision.”

In addition to the usual dispensing services the pharmacy provides services such as minor ailments, smoking cessation and medicines use reviews, and has plans for more services in the future.

A consultation on a new draft five year strategy “Making it Better through Pharmacy in the Community” was launched by the Health Minister in July 2013. The consultation will close on 1 November.

The Minister concluded: “Your views can make a difference in how pharmacy services in the community are delivered in the future and I would encourage people to respond to the consultation.”

Notes to editors

1. Copies of the consultation document are available on the Department’s website at: -
http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/showconsultations

2. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a clear direction for the delivery of pharmacy services in the community over the next five years aligned with current policies and changing population demographics and needs.

3. The strategy identifies four areas where pharmacy in the community will contribute most to improving health outcomes by;
· Helping people to gain better outcomes from medicines.
· Helping people to live longer, healthier lives.
· Helping people to safely avail of care closer to home.
· Helping people to benefit from advances in treatment and technology.

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