Medichem is now a Health Living Pharmacy

On Friday 7th September 2012, Fabian was delighted to be invited to the Medichem Pharmacy on Harrogate Road to celebrate their accession to becoming a Healthy Living Pharmacy.

Fabian together with the staff team at Medichem on Friday 7th September

A Healthy Living Pharmacy is one that implies high standards of effectiveness and provision of community pharmacy services and stems from a Department of Health initiative started in 2009. There are now some 500 such pharmacies nationwide and Fabian was very pleased that constituents in Chapel Allerton are now guaranteed the high standards of pharmacy service that are implicit in this scheme. To become a Health Living Pharmacy Medichem has committed to an extensive programme of professional development for its employees, has improved the environment of the pharmacy including provision a private consultation room where customers can speak to trained staff confidentially and has extended the range of health and well being services that are offered. These include screening for illness and issues concerning matters of sexual health and contraception.

Rajeev Dhand explains the concept of the Healthy Living Pharmacy to Fabian

Improvement to Medichem has been led by its owner, Mr Rajeev Dhand and the pharmacy manager Ms Sarah Armitage, who has worked at the Chapeltown pharmacy for over twelve years. Speaking to Fabian, Rajeev and Sarah explained how a Healthy Living Pharmacy aspires to offering a very broad range of services throughout the year, takes steps to actively promote good health in the community, supports those with long term conditions, offers a high quality professional environment for customers and works very closely with local doctors and other health care services.

Fabian presents the Health Living certificate

Jessica Stevens, Fabian, Laura Jackson and Sarah Armitage (manager)

Fabian was also able to speak to members of the staff team whose work has underpinned the achievement of the Health Living status and whose skill in dealing with customers forms the basis of the quality service that the pharmacy offers to everyone. He congratulated everyone on their achievement and expressed the thanks of the community for the work that they were doing in Chapel Allerton.