Local mum who fought to get medical cannabis for epileptic son launches own dispensary – Coventry Live
A local mum has launched a Botanical Health Dispensary which will offer medical cannabis. Hannah Deacon from Kenilworth fought tirelessly to get access to medicinal cannabis for her epileptic son.
Alfie Dingley used to suffer up to 30 seizures a day before Hannah started administering the Class B drug medically. Cannabis was then legalised for medical reasons back in November 2018.
And now, Hannah and pharmacist Caroline Harvey, who fulfilled the UK’s first NHS prescription for medical cannabis for Alfie, will be able to give it to more patients. After fighting together, they have now set up a route for others if needed.
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Hannah, medical cannabis patient advocate, founder of MedCan Support and Director of Maple Tree and the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, said: “When Alfie’s doctor, Professor Mike Barnes, started work with the Home Office to get the schedule one license needed to prescribe for Alfie, he needed to find a GP to prescribe under his direction, an importer, and most importantly, a pharmacist willing to dispense the medicine.
“Between us, we found Caroline, who was willing to dispense the products for Alfie and help our family. We knew we had found an expert and a friend dedicated to putting patients first from that moment.
“Because we know what it’s like to be waiting for your prescription or be unsure about the process – we’ve been there – we knew that we could improve things for UK medical cannabis patients. That’s why I’m so proud to launch the Botanical Health Dispensary with Caroline today.”
Ms Harvey, a pharmacist with 35 years experience and based in Warwickshire, said: “Speaking to patients about their prescribing experience of medical cannabis in the UK, I realised that many felt stuck, stressed, and ignored. So many don’t know that patients and doctors have the right to choose where and who fulfils a prescription or a repeat prescription.
“It’s no different for medical cannabis. Patients now have an independent choice in Botanical Health Dispensary. We provide people with a dispensing experience different from anything else available. To us, you’re a person first – never just a number or yet another prescription. So every patient really matters to us.”
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