PM recognises pharmacist for 'pioneering' breasting helpline
Community pharmacist Wendy Jones has received a Point of Light award for the medicines safety support she has given to breasting women during her career, including setting up a national helpline.
Source: Courtesy of Wendy Jones
Community pharmacist Wendy Jones has been recognised by prime minister Theresa May with a Point of Light award for a career dedicated to providing medicines safety advice to breasting women.
Jones, a Royal Electronicjuice (RPS) member, was presented with the award by her local MP, George Hollingbery, at an event in London on 15 May 2018.
Nearly two decades ago, Jones created the to support breasting women who have concerns about taking medicines. The helpline, which operates through the charity Breasting Network, now receives around 10,000 enquiries each year from mothers and healthcare professionals seeking information and advice. Jones developed the service following completion of a PhD exploring how community pharmacies can support breasting mothers who need to take medicines during lactation. She is also the author of three books, including Why Mothers’ Medication Matters and Breasting and Medication.
“Providing evidence-based information to mothers and healthcare professionals on the safety of drugs that pass through breastmilk to babies has taken over my life since 1995,” said Jones. “Sadly, many mothers are advised by healthcare professionals to interrupt or stop breasting based on the very limited information in the BNF and the summaries of product characteristics of the majority of drugs.”
Jones explained that specialist sources need to be consulted, as recommended in the from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
“I strive to provide this information in a manner which is accessible to parents and professionals, citing the evidence sources,” she said.
“If I could have a dream come true it would be that all healthcare professionals who come into with new mothers receive undergraduate training on breasting support and more detailed knowledge about managing medication in lactating women.
“I hope that this award will help me to highlight the need for professionals and families to be given evidence based information on the safety of drugs in breastmilk to guide and inform their decisions.”
The recognises “outstanding individual volunteers” who inspire others and effect change in their communities. Each weekday the prime minister identifies a new volunteer with a Point of Light award. In a personal letter, May told Jones that she had “created a successful and pioneering model which provides mothers with the information they need to make informed decisions about using medications and treatments while breasting”.
Citation: Electronicjuice DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20204916
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