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Pharmacy named third most valued high street business by public

YouGov: 97% of over-65s want a pharmacy on their ideal high street
YouGov: 97% of over-65s want a pharmacy on their ideal high street

Pharmacies have been named the third most valued high street business by the British public, according to a YouGov poll.

Ninety-one per cent of the 3,273 respondents across England, Scotland and Wales said they would like to see pharmacies on their ideal high street, in a poll that ran from May 20-22.

Just 3% of respondents stated they did not want pharmacies on their high street, while 5% said they did not know.

From a list of 26 shops, pharmacies were ranked third – only below banks and post offices – after participants were asked: “Thinking about your ideal high street, which of the following types of shops would you want or not want to see on it?”

Pharmacies more valued by over-65s

The poll results also suggested that pharmacies were most valued by over-65s, with 97% opting to see a pharmacy on their ideal high street, compared with 95% of respondents aged 50-64, 90% of those aged 25-49 and 78% of 18-24-year-olds.

In a survey of 1,003 UK adults run by the National Pharmacy Association in March on the current level of access to NHS service, 91% of respondents said they wanted more NHS services to be available in local pharmacies.

Do you think the public appreciate having a pharmacy on the high street?

Another Pharmacist, Hospital pharmacist

Note btw that the two high street services that beat pharmacy are the most digitised. I like a highstreet bank for when my app cant do what I want. I like a post office as I cant book a postal service (ok lets ignore expensive dpd etc) without taking my parcel somewhere. They like the services where you can just walk in and walk out...they value convenience when digital/telephone diesnt work. I see the article as essentually: "I like pharmacies for when I forget to order my meds and need an emergancy supply". The rest of the time I'll do it online - just like my banking. Do you go to the bank when you can do it online? How many banks have increased their number of branches in recent years? 

Brian AUSTEN, Administration & Support

(1)Banks (2)Post Offices (3) Pharmacies - Remind me what happend to the network of Banks and Post Offices in the past. Did public support turn around the decline of banks and post offices on our high streets?

Ebers Papyrus, Pharmaceutical Adviser

PSNC must start to force feed data down the DOH throat, data collected by LPCs.  Vital data that is very easily captured by pharmacies involving: deliveries, interventions, advice, procurement difficulties, emergency supplies, hospital discharge assistance, audits, MDS, community support, etc etc.

We must ensure the correct message comes across to the DOH to support community pharmacy and it’s underpaid hardworking and cherished staff. The funding situation in community pharmacy in England and NI at the moment is an absolute disgrace. Pharmacies and pharmacists are heavily regulated the environment is onerous yet it is a vital and proud profession ravaged by the department of health’s incompetence and ignorance.

Dave Downham, Manager

Been there, done that, no notice taken.

CAPT FX, Locum pharmacist

For once I applaud the people who value the effort put on the shop floor by long-suffering Pharmacy colleagues. Our patients and customers are brilliant and their appreciation is uplifting.

They share our daily frustrations and through all of that they see the hard work we put in against all the odds. They appreciate the frustration of working with 1990 Computers, broken phones and fax machines.
Why doesn't anyone else value our wonderful Profession?

Another Pharmacist, Hospital pharmacist

I think they value the convenience of the highstreet presence and not the "profession". I like my post office, it's great to know there's one there, but I can't recall the last time I used one: car tax online, hmrc tax online, passport applicaiton online, stamps online & delivered. I used them to drop off an ebay item I sold. it's the same with this....when i cant don it more conveniently, the high street is a great fallback - but that's it, it's a fall back, not the first port of call.

Dave Downham, Manager

Valued rather than valuable at the moment...

Peter Sainsburys, Community pharmacist

It's clear that a lot of people, particularly those of advancing years, depend upon the service they get at their local pharmacy.

Maybe the public should be more aware of what it's actually like to be a pharmacist in the UK? Maybe they should be made aware of the bullying, inappropriate pressure, lack of breaks, falling salary, reduced staffing levels and outrageous target culture that pharmacists have to work under.

Not to mention the now ludicrous cost of getting the degree and then getting on the register. Almost certainly over 50k.

The GPhC don't care, and the RPS has about as much influence as a fart in the wind.

As good as the PDA are, I think someone should set up a new organisation to inform the public and the NHS salary takers about how much value pharmacy in the UK offers.

A last ditch before pharmacy dies a death.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

The question is then, how do we in pharmacy, inform people what working in a pharmacy is actually like?

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Totally agree. It seems that pharmacy is valued by the public and not at all valued by the government. Pharmacy is going to hell in a handcart and we're all along for the ride.

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