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YEARS REWARDING EXCELLENCE


PHARMACY HERO NOELLE HOLMES


Community pharmacists carry out invaluable work on a daily basis, but every so often, a pharmacist will go above and beyond the call of duty.


In March last year, noelle Holmes, who was working at Mcnallys late night Pharmacy in newry, became a real-life heroine when a local man ran into the pharmacy suffering from anaphylactic shock. Aaron McDonald had forgotten to take his life-saving


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epinephrine (EpiPen) to lunch with him and was only moments from death.


In many circumstances, pharmacists are not allowed to administer an EpiPen unless the patient presents a prescription but, fortunately for Aaron, noelle could see that this was a life or death situation and immediately bypassed the need for a prescription, thereby saving Aaron’s life.


‘there was definitely a moment of panic at the time,’ noelle told Pif. ‘naturally, as a pharmacist, you don’t want to make a mistake, but then I just asked myself what I would expect anyone to do for me or for a family member and I just acted. It was a simple decision at the end of the day.’


‘What noelle did was obviously hugely important,’ said gavin


Kennedy from award sponsor, Bank of Ireland. ‘the Pharmacy Hero Award recognises exceptional service and there’s probably no greater example of service than saving someone’s life, which is why Bank of Ireland is delighted to sponsor this award.’


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