20 September 2012 10:27
Boots has joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support to bring cancer care to the high street.
Macmillan is giving special training to pharmacists so patients can talk through any problems that may have arisen as a result of having cancer.
The team of Boots pharmacists not only help with advice about medication but can also point sufferers or their carers in the right direction for information or financial and emotional advice.
The charity said that pharmacists are in a unique position to deliver additional support within the community.
Angela Chalmers, a Boots pharmacist who has undertaken the Macmillan training, said: "When people stop their treatment they often find that interaction stops, they are on their own.
"There are lots of people who don't know where to turn to for help. When I have spoken to people about what support is available they have been so grateful."
So far, more than 500 pharmacists working at Boots have received the training.
Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "Improving access and connecting people to Macmillan information and support in Boots stores will help us achieve our joint ambition to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer and help build a legacy in the local community."
Alex Gourlay, chief executive of the health and beauty division at Alliance Boots, said: "We know from the conversations our pharmacists have had with customers affected by cancer, talking things through can make a real difference and can have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of their family and friends.
"The introduction of the Boots Macmillan information pharmacist means that for the millions of customers that visit Boots pharmacies across the country, they can access increased cancer information and support.
"Boots pharmacists can now offer additional guidance on the wider issues that often accompany cancer and not just those relating to their medicines."