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25th April 2018

Community pharmacy can make a big difference in the fight against meningitis

Bedminster pharmacy WMD blog

The multi award-winning Bedminster Pharmacy is supporting Meningitis Now on ‘World Meningitis Day’ by turning their pharmacy orange.

The independent pharmacy team is raising awareness on Tuesday 24th April, to inform patients of the signs and symptoms of meningitis, and to get the message across that ‘all meningitis matters’. Award-winning lead Pharmacist at Bedminster pharmacy Ade Williams, is keen to raise awareness of the disease amongst both the public and his pharmacy peers.

In 2017, he was presented with the UK Community Pharmacist of the Year Award, and also received the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s inaugural Patient Champion Award, in the same year. Enthusiastic about promoting and supporting self-care, the Bedminster Pharmacy team thrive on finding innovative ways to engage and empower patients to make the right choices about their health.

Ade believes that pharmacy is in a unique position to offer advice to the public on a range of health concerns, and is using this year’s World Meningitis Day to increase public awareness about the signs and symptoms of meningitis to the people of Bedminster.

Ade said: “World meningitis day is a great day to begin raising awareness of the disease - meningitis can affect people of all ages not just babies and children. Providing information about the signs and symptoms of the disease in community pharmacy will help to save lives. Our initiative also supports the NHS England campaign encouraging families to visit and use their community pharmacy more.’’

Pharmacy staff will be donning orange t-shirts, blowing up balloons and handing out Meningitis Now signs and symptoms cards and information leaflets.

Dr Tom Nutt CEO at Meningitis Now said: “We are really pleased that Ade has taken the initiative to promote awareness of meningitis amongst the public and his pharmacy colleagues.”

“Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis is vitally important, and this support on World Meningitis Day is a great opportunity to reach the South Bristol community with disease information. We would encourage and welcome other community pharmacies to work with us, because together we can make a big difference.”