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110-mile round trip 'unnecessary'

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: April 03, 2013

By Graeme Wilkinson

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A WOMAN made a 110-mile round trip to pick up medicine after failing to find an chemist open on a Sunday.

A community health council meeting heard she wanted to get the medication for her friend, an elderly woman who lives in Beulah, near Newcastle Emlyn.

Unable to find a chemist open on a Sunday in the Teifi Valley, she first drove to Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth.

But the pharmacy at the hospital was closed — so she drove down to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen before returning home.

Hywel Dda Health Board says there are pharmacies open in Llandysul or at major supermarkets in Aberystwyth and Carmarthen.

Beulah county councillor Lyndon Lloyd, who raised the issue with the Ceredigion committee of Hywel Dda Community Health Council, said the woman involved is an elderly woman who wanted the matter raised.

"I wrote to the health service after hearing of it.

"She made the point to me that people do travel up and down and others must have done the same."

"If this happens a lot then it does need looking at. These people are referred by NHS Direct and the visiting doctor at weekends.

"I believe the doctor told her she must get the drugs."

He said it was worrying if pharmacy emergency hours were being cut in rural areas.

A health board spokeswoman said there is adequate weekend cover.

She said: "We'd like to remind the public that opening hours of community pharmacies are printed weekly in local newspapers, available online at www. hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk or by calling NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

"We'd like to reassure those living in the Teifi Valley area that a Llandysul pharmacy rota is in place on Sundays and also Boots and Morrisons pharmacies in Aberystwyth and Boots, Tesco and Morrisons pharmacies in Carmarthen are open seven days a week."

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  • shonis  |  April 03 2013, 6:44PM

    Legislation is by politicians who are used to getting services within a few miles of Westminster and if they say they are an MP then they get emergency treatment.

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