The Hon. Ian Paisley MP has thanked community pharmacy teams for their ongoing commitment to patients  and local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The MP paid a visit to Woodsides Pharmacy in Ballymena and spoke with pharmacist Joanne Morrow and her team about their experiences of Covid-19. 

‘I was very pleased to be able to visit Joanne and her team at Woodsides to thank them for their work during the pandemic,’ Ian Paisley said during the visit. ‘I have long believed in the value of our local community pharmacy network and the important role it plays as a core part of health and social care. 

‘Visiting the Woodsides pharmacy today reminded me of the fundamental role community pharmacy plays in public health. Accessible, diligent and supporting us when we are most vulnerable. The service provided is one we must endeavour to uplift and support.’

‘Working on the frontline during this pandemic has been one of the most challenging periods of my career to date,’ said pharmacist, Joanne Morrow. ‘In March, when lockdown measures were put in place, community pharmacists were adamant that our commitment and duty of care to our patients was paramount and had to be maintained so that no one went without. 

‘We are proud of our team here at Woodsides for the dedication and care they have shown to the local community and it has been a pleasure to be able to talk to Ian about the work our team have carried out over the past few months.

‘Now, as we enter into the next phase in this pandemic, our role is      to continue the work we started, supporting our communities and putting their health and wellbeing first.’

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