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We are now in the last few days before the Athete Village formally opens, and things are definitely hotting up. There are many more people around and full security measures are in place. I have been thinking this week that it’s not just the pharmacy volunteers in the village who will make this a success, we have been lucky that there are people from pharmacy teams around the country helping to make this happen.

The pharmacy planning group has been lead by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Pharmacy and Prescribing Suport Unit with pharmacists and technicians from throughout our organisation. We have specialists in procurement, governance, primary care, community pharmacy and public health. The teams from other organisations have been a vital support too; NHS Education for Scotland (Pharmacy) have worked hard on training materials and helped us deliver a webinar, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside provided a link person to deal with any issues in the satellite villages. NHS Lanarkshire linked regarding the events that will take place in their area. We have also been fortunate to have great support from Community Pharmacy Scotland, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, the Scottish Government Medicines and Pharmacy Directorate and NHS National Services Scotland. And of course, the experience of those who have worked in similar environments in the past has been invaluable.

Through Community Pharmacy Scotland, we have a small network of community pharmacies who will help support delivery of the service around the satellite villages, the Games Family Hotel and also to help support us in the Athlete Village. The photograph below shows Harry McQuillan (Chief Executive Officer, Community Pharmacy Scotland); Sue Mcleod (Venue Medical Manager for the Diving in Edinburgh) and Aileen Muir (NHS Lothian) outside one of our support pharmacies in Edinburgh.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Source: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Community Pharmacy Scotland support

It just goes to show that there is no truth in tales of Edinburgh / Glasgow rivalry. For those of you not from these parts, just remember: west is best ;-)

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