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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:AUGUST/SEPTEMBER


OUR SURVEY SAID! Whilst reading a newspaper, a recent YouGov poll about which shops ‘us’ Brits are most keen to see on their High Street caught my eye.


A list of 26 shops were provided and it ended up with 19 which the vast majority said that they would want on their ideal High Street.


Pharmacy performed extremely well and featured at number 3 in the most desired businesses. Also, 91% of people surveyed said that they would want a pharmacy, with 5% unsure and 3% not wanting a shop where you can get easily accessible and professional assistance if you are unwell on their High Street. I’m going to assume that this 3% either own online pharmacies or are in government!


Coming third is a great achievement and only Banks and Post Offices finished above us in the most wanted list and I’m assuming people only wanted these so that they can get money out to spend in pharmacies. I hope that this isn’t an omen as High Streets up and down the country are losing their Banks and Post Offices in considerable numbers.


There was variation in what different age groups wanted on their High Street, with 19% more over 65s wanting a pharmacy than those in the 18-24 age range. Unsurprisingly, this age group valued fast food restaurants, betting shops and video games stores more than those in the over 65 age group.


THE ‘HIGH’ STREET! Last month saw the rescheduling of cannabis-derived medicinal products so that they will soon be able to be prescribed for those who meed them.


Now I’m sorry to rain on some of your parades but this isn’t an open door for you to get hold of as much Moroccan Super Skunk as you want, just as it’s getting harder to get stuff like Paracetamol and bath additives on prescription.


Only patients with very defined ‘clinical needs’ will be able to receive specific products prescribed by senior clinicians. It aims to provide some regulation and patient safety to a market where online providers are having a field day supplying whatever they can get their hands on.


So, I’m afraid that you won’t be wandering into your GP’s to get a prescription for a spliff to ‘take the edge off’.


So, Mr. Cusack over the road, your city breaks to Amsterdam are safe for now!


IT’S SO CON-FLU-SING! It must seem that I am constantly going on about flu. I must admit that it does take up a large part of our year between the planning and administration of the vaccines. Last year, it went on for even longer, as there was a spike in flu that went on into the New Year. So much so, that when I finally thought it was safe to take a few days off, I was receiving panicked messages in Spain asking if we had flu vaccine in stock. Of course, we did but my arms weren’t quite long enough to administer them. This year, we will only be stocking two types of flu jab. The four strain (quadrivalent) vaccine that was found to be more effective than the traditional three strain vaccine, and one called adjuvant vaccine which is thought to be more effective in those aged 65 and that has been recommended by the NHS. This vaccine for the over 65s is only made by one company, so I very much hope that they are up to the task. The first delivery of this will be with us one week after the quadrivalent vaccine. We have ordered even more vaccine than last year and have the option to top up that order, so we will easily be able to protect both our NHS and private patients as always. Here’s to hoping we can get you all covered in time for my 2019 San Miguel!


Nat Mitchell WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


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www.allisonschemist.com | 01900 822 292 ISSUE 428 | 23 AUGUST 2018 | 11


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