THE MS for Ynys Môn paid a visit to Valley Pharmacy last week and thanked all pharmacists and pharmacy staff for their valued and hard work ahead of World Pharmacist Day.

The theme for this year was: ‘Pharmacy: always trusted for your health’, with World Pharmacist Day itself celebrated on Saturday, September 25.

For many years, pharmacists have consistently been named among the top five most trusted professionals in national surveys, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, their services have been key in caring for patients in the community.

Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, Plaid Cymru spokesperson for health and care, said: “I, like many others, am very grateful for pharmacists’ hard work throughout the year, especially during the pandemic.

“They have been serving our communities on the front line throughout, and I would like to thank them for their valued contribution in responding to the pandemic.

“I will continue to push the Welsh Government for more investment, and that includes more investment in pharmacies across Wales. It is especially needed here on Ynys Môn.

“Accessing primary health services has been an issue for so many in the Holyhead area over recent years, and pharmacies are a crucial part of providing that care at first point of need.

“This week, Welsh Government detailed how they hope to implement e-prescribing in three to five years. The pandemic has clearly highlighted the inefficiencies of paper-based prescribing.

“We must move quicker to create more sustainable health and care services that fit in the digital age of the 21st century.”