A total of nine city pharmacies have now been awarded the Healthy Living Pharmacy quality mark.
Four pharmacies were awarded in March and now a further five pharmacies in Milton Keynes have been accredited with Healthy Living Pharmacy status.
The additional five pharmacies accredited with the Health Living Pharmacy status are: Jardines Pharmacies in High Street, Newport Pagnell and Dulverton Drive, Furzton and Cox and Robinson’s Pharmacies in Olney, Stony Stratford and Melrose Avenue in Bletchley.
The four pharmacies previously accredited are Cox and Robinson’s pharmacies in Queensway, Beanhill, Walnut Tree and Fishermead
Another 13 other pharmacies in Milton Keynes are working towards achieving this award.
The Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) project is a joint project between NHS Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Local Pharmaceutical Committee and aims to promote good health by offering a range of free services such as a stop smoking scheme, emergency contraception, alcohol brief interventions, chlamydia screening and medicines use reviews.
Elizabeth Shepherd, Chief Officer of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Local Pharmaceutical Committee said: “Healthy Living Pharmacy is making a real difference to the health of people in Milton Keynes. More than 140 people stopped smoking last year with the help of just these nine pharmacies and 532 people have been given advice and support on using their inhalers.
“The whole pharmacy team plays an important part in the Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative. Healthy Living Pharmacies have Healthy Living Champions, who have earned qualifications from the Royal Society of Public Health to help people lead healthier lives. Pharmacy managers have developed their leadership skills so that they can support their team.”
“The healthy living pharmacy training was great” said Georgina Turnbull , Health Living Champion at Cox and Robinson Pharmacy in Beanhill, “ it has really given me confidence to talk to people about our health campaigns”.
Janet Corbet, Head of Prescribing and Clinical Quality from NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “All pharmacies provide valuable health services but with Healthy Living Pharmacies, healthy living and wellbeing is a core activity. We are delighted to be able to support this initiative. We know that people like the accessibility of their local pharmacy and the fact that they do not have to book an appointment.”