Awards for active local pharmacies

Wellway surgery and Morpeth Pharmacy.
Wellway surgery and Morpeth Pharmacy.

MORE than a dozen pharmacies have been recognised for their activities to help residents stay in the best of health for as long as possible.

Working in partnership with the Local Pharmaceutical Council, Northumberland County Council launched the Healthy Living Pharmacy Programme in September and it recently awarded accreditation to 17 centres in a presentation at County Hall.

It adapted a national scheme set up to encourage pharmacies to actively promote beneficial lifestyle choices and engage with the public and in round one of the project, the number of applications exceeded expectations.

The places accredited as healthy living centres include Wellway Pharmacy in Pegswood and Morpeth, Lynemouth Pharmacy and two Boots premises in Morpeth town centre – Bridge Street and Market Place.

It is now planned to run round two of the programme in June and support successful applicants to develop further through to level two.

County Council Director of Public Health and Protection Sue Milner said: “Pharmacies are natural community hubs, which are well known and trusted.

“By being part of this new programme we hope that local pharmacies in Northumberland can expand their reach and support residents in the county to make healthier lifestyle choices.”

Pharmacies wishing to achieve healthy living accreditation must submit a self-assessment and evidence portfolio covering topics such as workforce development, engagement, environment and information.

This includes demonstrating that the pharmacy team is active in the local community and works with the public, healthcare professionals and commissioners.

For more information about the application process contact Northumberland County Council Health Improvement Manager Lisa Nevens on 01670 623679.