Mayor praises Kells & Connor Pharmacy

M&EA Mayor Peter Johnston has awarded Kells & Connor Pharmacy with certificates of recognition for their tireless work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Kells & Connor Pharmacy receive their certificates of recognition from the Maupr of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston.

Cr Johnston’s sincere thanks and congratulations were offered to the local volunteers who had come forward to offer support to the community pharmacy by completing mass deliveries of prescription medication to those shielding.

Local teacher, Marcus Morrow, has been volunteering alongside Kells & Connor Pharmacy for several weeks and noted the “pleasure” he gets out of going out and about this rural community to deliver the prescriptions.

He said: “Finding some of the homes in this rural area has been fun, with many very remote but for some we are the only face they will see all day and so the chance to have a chat at a safe distance is welcomed by many.”

Kells & Connor is one of nine local Community Pharmacies that are supported by Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP) through the Community Support for Community Pharmacy Scheme.The scheme was developed and commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and is being coordinated by the Community Development and Health Network (CDHN).

MEAAP Executive Director, Deirdre McCloskey, said: “We are extremely proud to be able to offer this support to local Community Pharmacies across the Borough.

“Having been inundated with calls from many older people worried about getting their prescriptions at the onset of COVID-19, we as a local agewell charity knew we had to do something to support our community pharmacies.

“Following discussions with several, we knew the concept of mass deliveries was one that needed to be explored in order to reduce footfall in community pharmacies but also to make best use of the many volunteering offers being made to us.

“Our close working relationship with CDHN through various projects including Building Community Pharmacy Partnership and IMPACTAgewell® meant we knew the CDHN team could make this happen and to know that over 250 Community Pharmacies across Northern Ireland have now delivered over 40,000 prescriptions as a result of this small idea is just fabulous.”

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