Michael has welcomed the news that more services will now be available at local pharmacies. Pharmacies play a huge role in our local communities, and they're often the first place we go when we're ill or need advice.
Michael recently visited a local pharmacy in Lytchett Matravers, to chat to the pharmacist about the services that they offer, and the availability of pharmacists to provide advice to residents.
As well as training more GPs, the Government are launching a Primary Care recovery plan to transform the way our local healthcare works.
That includes expanding the role of community pharmacists - allowing them for the first time ever to prescribe some medicines, along with doing more blood pressure checks, and starting women on oral contraceptives. It's a huge boost for patient choice, as well as for our local GPs - freeing up 15 million appointments across the country.
Pharmacy First is just one of the ways we're improving local primary care services - with investment in GPs, reduced bureaucracy, and plans to end the 8am rush for appointments. You can find out more about getting contraception from pharmacies here: Contraception from Pharmacies