Rother Valley MP, Kevin Barron visits The Co-operative Pharmacy

September 22, 2010

Rother Valley MP, Kevin Barron, visited The Co-operative Pharmacy’s Bawtry Road branch in Wickersley on Tuesday (21 September).

Mr Barron, who is also Chair of the All-Party Pharmacy Group and Co-chair of the Associate Parliamentary Health Group, listened to staff and observed the pharmacy’s health services in practice which include medicine use reviews and a minor ailments scheme.

With a new vision set out for the future of the NHS, community pharmacy has an important role to play in prevention and treatment of disease locally and in public health more widely across the UK. 

While medicine use reviews can help patients to manage their medicines more effectively, treating minor ailments, such as colds and hay fever in a community pharmacy setting can save the NHS money by freeing up GP appointment time, enabling them to focus on more serious conditions.

Pharmacy Manager Lucy Conlon, with Kevin Barron MP and Ailsa Jones, Head of Field Operations at The Co-operative Pharmacy.

Ailsa Jones, Head of Field Operations at The Co-operative Pharmacy, said: "As a pharmacy at the heart of the community we are committed to improving the health of the local population and as a co-operative business, our responsibilities do not stop there.

"Our recently launched ethical strategy* reinforces our commitment to responsible retailing, helping to tackle global poverty and climate change, in addition to caring for local communities. We were delighted to have the opportunity to share our approach with Mr Barron."

Mr Barron added: "It was a pleasure to visit the Wickersley pharmacy, which is situated in a new part of the Rother Valley constituency. I have always had an interest in public health so I was particularly keen to see how the pharmacy provides help and advice to customers."


For further information contact:

Alex Anderson
Senior Public Relations Officer
The Co-operative Group
Tel: 0161 2663416


Additional Information

The Co-operative Pharmacy Ethical Strategy

The Co-operative Group stands apart from other major retailers in the UK as a business which is owned, not by a small group of shareholders, but by more than five million consumers. With core interests in food, financial services, travel, pharmacy, funerals and farms, it has an annual turnover of £14 billion, employs 123,000 staff and operates over 5,000 retail trading outlets handling more than 20 million weekly transactions.  

Following the acquisition of the Somerfield supermarket chain in March 2009, The Co-operative Food is the fifth largest food retailer. The Co-operative Financial Services is one of the largest and most diversified financial mutual businesses, operating The Co-operative Bank, The Co-operative Insurance and Britannia.

The Co-operative is the UK’s number one provider of funeral services, the third largest retail pharmacy chain, a leading travel retailer, supplying the travel needs of more than three million people annually, and is the UK’s largest farmer.

Among its other businesses are The Co-operative Motor Group, The Co-operative Electrical and The Co-operative Legal Services.