From a diary of community pharmacist… smoking cessation services

by Lindsey Gilpin, pharmacist and EPB Chair

I have been a smoking councillor for about 10 years. I am happy to take on anyone and so far the age range has been 12-84 years old. The smoking cessation courses last for 6 weeks, although we, here in our pharmacy, would always support people for longer should they need it.

I suppose my typical client is probably about 30-40 years old and they have been smoking for about twenty years. They have come to realise that their health isn’t something that they can take for granted, as they did in their youth. Often there are children in the family and giving up is prompted by not wanting to expose them to second hand smoke or by slightly older children nagging them to give up. Read more From a diary of community pharmacist… smoking cessation services

Getting to know our new MSPs

By Iain Brotchie, Head of External Relations (Scotland) at Royal Pharmaceutical Society

At the last Scottish Parliament election in May, over 40% of the MSPs who were elected had never served in the Parliament before. For many of them, there is low awareness of what pharmacy does these days beyond dispensing. Other services on offer, and other sectors of the profession, are a mystery to many of the new intake. Read more Getting to know our new MSPs