Inverness Community Pharmacy finally opens after five years of waiting


Dedication ceremony for the new Cradlehall Pharmacy..Ken and Jean Cox, Mo Ameen, Councilor Duncan Macpherson, Sophie Campbell, Jackie Agnew, Kath and Bob Fraser … Photo: Callum Mackay ..

A pharmacy opened in Inverness after a long wait.

Mo Ameen, of Care Pharmacy in Cradlehall, said he was “delighted” to finally be open five years after the plan was developed.
The opening of the pharmacy was delayed after initial objections to a license to run the store delayed clearance from the NHS, then further delays due to the pandemic.

Opening to the public this week, those who supported his campaign were on hand to celebrate the presence of a chemist on the doorstep.

Mr. Ameen, Pharmacist and Business Owner at Care Pharmacy, said: “We are delighted to finally be open and to serve the community.

“Applying the pharmacy to the NHS Highland took five long years, and this opening would not have been possible without the wave of support from local residents of Cradlehall and Westhill.”

The NHS Highland said with 700 responses it had the highest response rate to any public pharmacy consultation regarding the Cradlehall and Westhill pharmacy of any they had received before.

Mr. Ameen continued, “This was spearheaded by the remarkable efforts of Councilor Duncan Macpherson and the Community Council who have worked tirelessly to achieve this pivotal moment.”

Dedication ceremony for the new Cradlehall Pharmacy .. Councilor Duncan Macpherson and pharmacist Mo Ameen ... Photo: Callum Mackay ..
Dedication ceremony for the new Cradlehall Pharmacy .. Councilor Duncan Macpherson and pharmacist Mo Ameen … Photo: Callum Mackay ..

The new pharmacy offers a full prescription service. Mr Ameen said: “We can collect prescriptions from every surgery in Inverness on a daily basis and we were delighted with their helpful response.

“We pride ourselves on the level of personal care we provide and will always go above and beyond the call of duty to help our patients with their medications and health needs.

“We hope new patients enjoy having a local pharmacy with a personal touch in the heart of their community.”

He added: “We also offer a unique flu vaccination and travel service, administered in our discreet, private pharmacy consultation room.”

The new pharmacy encourages patients to call and register at your new local family-friendly pharmacy and they will take care of doing everything else for future patient prescriptions.

Dedication ceremony for the new Cradlehall Pharmacy..Ken and Jean Cox, Jackie Agnew, Mo Ameen, Councilor Duncan Macpherson, Sophie Campbell, Kath and Bob Fraser ... Photo: Callum Mackay ..
Dedication ceremony for the new Cradlehall Pharmacy..Ken and Jean Cox, Jackie Agnew, Mo Ameen, Councilor Duncan Macpherson, Sophie Campbell, Kath and Bob Fraser … Photo: Callum Mackay ..

“We are living in unusual and difficult times and I think it is very important to have a new pharmacy that the local population has access to,” continued Ameen.

“This will reduce the need to visit GPs who are always very busy, and allow patients to access treatment and medication for minor ailments through the new pharmacy without the need for an appointment. you with a GP, will be of tremendous benefit to the whole community. of Cradlehall and Westhill. “

Hailing the pharmacy, Cllr Duncan Macpherson said: “This day has long been awaited by the local community and having easy access to a local pharmacy will save residents having to travel four miles round trip just to reach pharmacies. the closest.

“This will greatly benefit young families as well as the elderly and infirm in the region, in equal measure. “


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