FEB 01] COVENTRY AREA COORDINATION PRESS RELEASE
It's Good To
Talk At The Chemists
pharmacy in Hillfields is offering local people much more than
painkillers and throat sweets as it looks to take a more active
role in the community.
Pharmacy, on the Stoney Stanton Road, has established a unique
Chat Centre to hold meetings and training sessions to help with
everything from giving up smoking to diabetes awareness.
former stockroom has been set aside to allow experts to pass on
information either in group meetings or confidential one-to-one
Pharmacy area manager Ian Townsend has worked very closely with
the Phoenix Area Co-ordination Team to get the idea off the
ground and believes the scheme can benefit the whole community.
have created an open area with tables, chairs and leaflets and
we just want people to come in and take advantage of what's on
had professionals from Help the Aged and the Alzheimer's
Society holding sessions and we hope to have a dietician
coming in too. There is also a smoking-cessation worker who
visits to give out free nicotine replacement patches."
hopes the idea will encourage people to use the pharmacy when it
comes to other health matters.
GPs have been very interested in our chat room and want to
work alongside us on things like blood glucose monitoring to
diagnose diabetes early.
don't always have time to wait for an appointment with a
doctor and we want them to know that we are here for them
Area Co-ordinator John Payne said:
believe it is the first of its kind in Coventry and I am sure
the local people will get a lot out of it.
it is not a replacement for going to see a GP, but if people
can come in and use the chat room for issues where seeing a
doctor is not necessary that has to be of benefit to