I just reissued a post that I blogged almost two years ago – Community Pharmacy and Child Health. It is true – because community pharmacy gave up offering advice to pregnant women and to new mums, stopped selling nappies and stopped being experts – the need did not go away so PCT did employ midwives.
I didn’t understand it then and I don’t understand it now. Perhaps pride goes before a fall. Somehow nappy rash and cracked nipples were ‘beneath us’ – we wanted to be better than that. But what was ever better than interacting with real people and helping them? I have never enjoyed myself more. And last week I heard a community pharmacist refer a lady with cracked nipples to her GP – I hope that this was an isolated incident?
What a shame. We are in a position where midwives are like gold dust and they…
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