…By Henry George for TDPel Media.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak received a positive health check when he visited a pharmacist in Southampton to promote the government’s plans to expand primary healthcare.
During the visit, pharmacist Peter Baillie asked the Conservative leader to undergo a blood pressure test.
The test produced an “extremely fit reading” which surprised Sunak.
Baillie, who is also a Conservative councillor, remarked that the reading was good despite the “hassle” Sunak must be under.
The visit was organised as part of the government’s announcement that patients will be able to obtain prescription medicines, oral contraception, and some other treatments directly from pharmacies to reduce pressure on GPs’ surgeries.
Sunak’s visit also involved a meeting with a patient with arthritis who was receiving care from anticoagulation nurse specialist Stephanie Smith.
Sunak spoke of the importance of a holistic approach to care, saying that patients can get care from modern GP practices beyond just seeing a GP.
Sunak praised the receptionists at the surgery, noting that primary care was the “front door” to the NHS, and that a modernised approach to primary care would allow patients to get the care they need faster.
The government’s announcement on expanded primary healthcare is aimed at improving patient access and care.
The visit by Sunak highlights the importance of promoting primary healthcare services to ensure better access and care for patients.
It also showcases the potential role of pharmacists in delivering healthcare services directly to patients.
The positive health check for the Prime Minister is a reminder of the importance of regular health check-ups and monitoring for individuals, regardless of their position or status.