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On Friday 20th September, Vikki Howells, Assembly Member for the Cynon Valley, visited Sheppards Pharmacy in Margaret Street, Abercynon to see first hand the range of increased services available to the public through their high street pharmacies.   

Commenting on the visit Vikki Howells AM said:


“Cynon Valley was the launch place for Choose Pharmacy, which has allowed pharmacies to play a greater role in providing basic health care services through a common ailments scheme. This year pharmacies in Cynon Valley have been at the forefront of piloting a new Sore Throat Test and Treat scheme, where people can refer themselves to their community pharmacy for a simple test. This popular service, which has over 90% patient approval, has relieved pressure on GPs and provided a speedy and accurate service for Cynon Valley residents.”


Hosting the visit was Steve Davies, Superintendent of Sheppards, based in Aberdare and with thirty four community pharmacies across South Wales. He commented:


“Sore Throat Test and Treat isn’t just good news for patients, it also provides easy access to an effective method of detecting a bacterial infection. Using the new service we have contributed to a reduction in antibiotic prescribing for sore throats by over eighty percent. Only those who will genuinely benefit from antibiotics receive them. The success of this service is a tribute to the hard work of community pharmacies coupled with the co-operation of general practitioners. It’s a success story from which many more people will benefit in months to come.”


The Sore Throat Test and Treat pilot will be rolled out to every community pharmacy in Cynon Valley from November.