Saffron Walden MP, Kemi Badenoch, visited Wells Pharmacy in Saffron Walden ahead of the launch of a new service.

On January 12, the Secretary of State for Business and Trade - whose visit coincided with National Pharmacist Day - expressed gratitude to Well Pharmacy staff for their efforts.

The new Pharmacy First service, launching on January 31, will treat seven common conditions and make accessing prescription-only medicine easier for patients.


The conditions are earache, impetigo, infected insect bites, shingles, sinusitis, sore throat and UTIs in women.

Ms Badenoch said: "Pharmacists are an integral part of our health network and they’re taking a lot of pressure off GPs at the moment.

"They are saving lives, they are finding problems before you even know that you have them."