Healthy Living Pharmacy opens in Yate
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A pharmacy in Yate has become a community hub for healthy living thanks to a new service commissioned by the council.
The first Healthy Living Pharmacy in South Gloucestershire is based at Yate Shopping Centre Tesco store. It has been awarded Healthy Living accreditation status following a rigorous process.
To earn accreditation, the pharmacy has been providing advice and support to people on smoking, drinking and sexual health, as well as conducting blood pressure checks.
As well as all the usual services people can find at their local pharmacy, HLPs offer additional services including:
- Provide smoking cessation services
- Provide alcohol awareness information
- Provide sexual health services
- Signpost to healthy lifestyle services
- Direct people to mental health services
- Play an active role in promoting public health campaigns, such as Stoptober which runs throughout October.
Pharmacist Adele Littleton, who has worked at the pharmacy since 2011, and Jodie Ford, the pharmacy’s Health Champion received a certificate from public health officials at the council.
Adele said: “We are delighted to be the first pharmacy in South Gloucestershire to be awarded the Healthy Living accreditation. To be able to offer these enhanced services in addition to dispensing prescriptions really does demonstrate our commitment to improving people’s health and wellbeing.”
South Gloucestershire Council’s Adults, Housing and Public Health lead member Cllr Ben Stokes, said: “To be able to walk into your local pharmacy in the shopping centre and get this range of help and support is great for the local community and gives people more options for receiving health and wellbeing advice.”
This is a pilot project with plans in place to increase the number of HLP locations across South Gloucestershire.
The Healthy Living Pharmacy in Yate is open Monday, 8am to 11.30pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 6am to 11pm, Saturday, 6.30am to 10pm and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
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