Loyal customer re-opens Montrose pharmacy after revamp

Lloyds Pharmacy Montrose opening, 31 March, 2016. Long-time customer Ellen Stephen officially opens the store by cutting the ribbon. Pictured: Ellen Stephen (customer), David Simpson (Pharmacy Manager), Jill Low (Technician), Gillian McMahon (Dispensor), Lorna Clarke (Dispensor).
Lloyds Pharmacy Montrose opening, 31 March, 2016. Long-time customer Ellen Stephen officially opens the store by cutting the ribbon. Pictured: Ellen Stephen (customer), David Simpson (Pharmacy Manager), Jill Low (Technician), Gillian McMahon (Dispensor), Lorna Clarke (Dispensor).

Loyal and long-standing customer, Ellen Stephen, officially declared the LloydsPharmacy Montrose store re-open for business yesterday, following a transformation to modernise the pharmacy and its healthcare services.

As demand on GP surgeries continues to grow, LloydsPharmacy is investing in its stores and teams to provide more flexible healthcare services and is reminding people that they can access expert advice for a range of health concerns at their local community pharmacy.

The High Street LloydsPharmacy has opened the doors with a renewed focus on delivering forward-thinking services for conditions, such as chronic pain and asthma.

Prescription services remain at the heart of LloydsPharmacy’s offering. Patients can seek the advice of the pharmacist, should they need help taking their medication, and can nominate their local LloydsPharmacy for the electronic prescription service.

David Simpson, pharmacy manager, said: “We’re delighted with our transformation. As people live for longer it’s important that we take a more active role in managing our health but that we also have easy to access support to help us along the way.

“Pharmacy already plays a vital role in medicines management and now, with our modern make-over, we are better equipped to offer more services and have a more inviting place for people to visit us for advice on staying healthy, as well as remedies for when feeling poorly.

“Many people find managing their medicines difficult but there are now a range of ways available to make the whole process easier. Not all patients know they can ask their GP to send prescriptions directly to us, speeding up the process and saving them time.

“For those on long-term medication, three months or more, we offer the NHS medicines check-up, which is a free consultation to help patients better understand the medicines they are taking, why they have been prescribed and how to take them more easily to get the most from them.”

Local residents can also now benefit from the introduction of an enhanced pain management service; bespoke advice to help those living with chronic or experiencing acute pain. Results show that 46 percent of patients to take up the service have experienced improved pain after just four weeks.

For customers needing that little extra support when performing everyday tasks or have difficulty with mobility, the store will also stock a number of products from its Betterlife from LloydsPharmacy range.

Mr Simpson continued: “As we grow older, we are continually on the search for innovative solutions to help ensure that we have a healthier independent life. The Betterlife range offers our patients specialist products to help with their everyday needs.”

Skin health also features in the new store with an extended range of dermo-skin brands. The knowledgeable 10-strong team can help patients with product selection and application based on their own skin health or skin condition needs.

The Montrose LloydsPharmacy is located at 48 High Street and open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm.

For more information, please visit www.lloydspharmacy.com.