A HAMPSHIRE pharmacy which opened just before the Queen's Coronation in 1953 is set to celebrate its own Platinum Jubilee. 

Wainrights Chemist in Bishopstoke opened shortly before the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, a year after she acceded to the throne.

Over the last 70 years, the role the pharmacy plays in keeping its communities healthy has changed hugely, and it now provides much more than dispensing medication according to Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG.

It now runs numerous clinical screening services including blood pressure and blood sugar checks, public health advice, and support for patients with long-term conditions.

Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani, pharmacist at Wainwrights, said: “There are lots of ways we as pharmacists can help people over the long weekend and we really value the opportunity to make a difference to those we support.

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"I’d like to reassure people that we are qualified health professionals and urge people to ‘think pharmacy’ this Bank Holiday weekend.

"There is a wealth of support available on a high street near you and we are here to help."

Sid is just one of many colleagues in the health and care industry that will be heading into work this bank holiday to continue providing for their communities. 

He added: "We are proud to make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of our local communities and because of continuous role we play for many of them, have developed a unique relationship over the years.”

Sid and the team are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee by decorating the pharmacy and dressing up for the occasion.

They will like many other pharmacies be open over the weekend. 

Those using the service are hoever being advised to check the most up to date information on the CCG website before visiting.

If you need urgent medical advice, including mental health support over the Bank Holiday weekend, you can also contact NHS 111 online who can direct you to the most appropriate service for your needs.

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