|Mr Paul Hughes (m)|
Qualifications: B Pharm, MRPharmS, IP
Professional Interests: Prescribing and Medicines Optimisation, Parkinson’s Disease, Polypharmacy and De-Prescribing.
Personal Interests: Trail running, cycling and fitness. Also astronomy and astroimaging. Loves exploring little known footpaths geocaching with the family.
Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare. They are experts in medicines and will use their clinical expertise, together with practical knowledge, to advise you on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.
Pharmacists can also help you decide whether you need to see a health professional. They can help you consider the alternatives next time you are thinking of making a doctor’s appointment.
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals. Before becoming a pharmacist they will have completed a four year university degree and have worked for a year under the supervision of an experienced and qualified pharmacist, usually in a hospital or community pharmacy (such as a supermarket or high street pharmacy).
All pharmacists have to be registered with the regulatory body for pharmacy professionals, the General Pharmaceutical Council. As well as working in hospitals, community pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry, you can find pharmacists working in a variety of places, such as in prisons, teaching and research facilities, and the military.