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Dr Howard Stoate appointed to Pharmacy and Public Health Forum

PUBLISHED: 17:20 08 November 2011

Howard Stoate

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The chair of Bexley's Clinical Cabinet has been appointed to a national forum which will help shape health changes up and down the country.

Dr Howard Stoate was appointed to the national Pharmacy and Public Health Forum, which the government hopes will come up with ideas of how pharmacies can offer more services.

Speaking last Thursday (3), Dr Stoate said extended services in pharmacies such as vascular tests could lead to better outcomes for patients.

He said: “I am looking forward to working as part of this forum, to develop opportunities for pharmacists, GPs and others to work together in the changing healthcare environment.

“In Bexley, we are already redesigning services. For example, our community pharmacists now provide valuable services in diabetes and hypertension, as well as vascular tests. This extended role for community pharmacists, working with Bexley GPs, is seeing rapid and significant improvements in services in some key areas.”

He was appointed on October 19. The forum was set up by health minister Lord Howe in July. He said: “Pharmacists and their teams play a vital role in promoting public health in our communities and I am looking forward to seeing this forum develop exciting new ideas about how pharmacy can help people lead healthier lives.”

The chair of the charity the Royal Society for Public Health, Professor Richard Parish, said: “The location of community pharmacies in the heart of local communities makes them an ideal gateway for wellbeing services complementing the role of GPs.”

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