The first mobility shop for Knowle West was officially opened on Filwood Broadway by South Bristol MP Karin Smyth today (20 April).
The new service run by Badham Pharmacy comes at a time of Government cuts – when some pharmacies in the region have been forced to close.
The shop, on the site of the former bakery, is part of an extension for the pharmacy – to also allow more space for dispensing prescriptions and to include two private consultation rooms.
Mobility equipment on sale ranges from wheelchairs and rise and recline armchairs to stair lifts and zimmer frames.
The pharmacy also offers a free delivery service and will also put equipment together for customers and provide maintenance for no extra charge.
On cutting the ribbon Karin Smyth said: “It is with great pleasure I announce the new extension is finally opened… You do such great work.
“I think for people particularly with mobility problems to have something close to home that offers great products is important…
“If you live by yourself the personal service from Badham’s is really crucial for reassurance and peace of mind… … Its important they have continued to invest in the people and Filwood Broadway.”
Owner Peter Badham said: “…As a company we are determined to keep moving and keep offering more and more services.”
Badham is a Healthy Living Pharmacy – which means it provides a broad range of services to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population, helping to reduce health inequalities. These include smoking cessation and weight management.
It is supported by Avon Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) which cites the importance of community pharmacies – with 1.8 million people across the UK visiting a pharmacy every day and the average person 14 times per year.
Avon LPC Chair Lisa Fisher who came to the opening said: “it’s all about being pro-active… For a community pharmacy to survive it needs to do more things.”