BBC South Today reports from a community pharmacy in Totton

A.R. Pharmacy & Community Pharmacy South Central today welcomed the BBC local news team to share the surge in demand for medicines at this time


Deborah Crockford, CPSC Chief Officer commented today on the valuable work being done by community pharmacies and their resilience to pressures being experienced right across the country.

The broadcast highlighted the huge pressure in community pharmacies due to the COVID-19 pandemic induced panic by some people trying to get additional medicines before they are normally due. This additional workload then stretches the supply chain of medicines received, the capacity of the team to dispense this higher number of medicines requested and finally creates a bottleneck of people waiting to collect their medicines.

The simple message is:

"Order your medicines as normal and pick up or arrange collection of your medicines at the usual 'appropriate time' from your pharmacy. The medicines supply chain is more than capable at keeping up with normal demand for community pharmacies to dispense your montlhy medicines. Do not add to the current backlog of work by requesting your medicines before you actually need them. Stay calm and please do not panic"

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Our thanks go to James Tibbs and his team at AR Pharmacy for hosting the BBC South Today. You can view the broadcast from today by clicking the screen below: