Healthy Living Pharmacies arrive across Hampshire

Submitted by Anonymous on 12 July 2013 - 10:18pm

Following a rigorous accreditation process, Boots the Chemist in Romsey is the first community pharmacy in Hampshire county to become a Healthy Living Pharmacy.


The award of the Healthy Living Pharmacy quality mark means the people of Romsey can now recognise and benefit from a healthy living hub at the heart of their community, and marks an exciting milestone for a local programme working towards making Healthy Living Pharmacies available to everyone across Hampshire.


A Healthy Living Pharmacy is a health and well-being centre.  It goes beyond supplying medicines, but also incorporates support for healthy living into everything it does.  Since the Healthy Living Pharmacy programme was launched in Portsmouth in 2009, the project has won national recognition from both government and industry.  However, although Healthy Living Pharmacies are already established in Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, pharmacies elsewhere across Hampshire have only recently been given the opportunity to achieve Healthy Living Pharmacy status.


The team at Boots the Chemist in Romsey have seized this opportunity, meeting the high quality standards needed for them to become the first ‘Healthy Living Pharmacy in Hampshire’.


The official launch of Boots the Chemist, 1 The Hundred in Romsey as a Healthy Living Pharmacy took place with an opening ceremony by the Mayor of Romsey, Cllr Ian Richards on Thursday 11th  July 2013, who found it “fantastic to see a business in the heart of Romsey providing such great services”. The team of staff at Boots the Chemist is very enthusiastic about becoming a Healthy Living Pharmacy, and was delighted to see local residents attend the launch event and help celebrate this special day.  This event offered a great opportunity for people to experience a Healthy Living Pharmacy and find out about the range of services available, including Stop Smoking and sexual health services.  


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) is supporting the Healthy Living Pharmacies in Hampshire programme and Sarah Billington, Chief Officer, has commented, “A Healthy Living Pharmacy is committed to supporting the health of its local community. The whole team adopts a healthy living ethos, offering a reliable and accessible range of high quality services and advice every single day.  At the LPC we wanted all our pharmacies to have the opportunity to become Healthy Living Pharmacies and clearly this vision is shared by our pharmacies, as there has been a fantastic response to this initiative from our community pharmacy teams in Hampshire. We warmly congratulate Boots the Chemist in Romsey on becoming the first ‘Healthy Living Pharmacy in Hampshire’, and over the coming weeks and months we expect more and more communities across the county to be able to benefit from all that a Healthy Living Pharmacy has to offer.”

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