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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:DECEMBER/JANUARY


J.W.W. ALLISON - YOUR INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY PHARMACY Everyone at Allison’s would


Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your custom over the past year.


Secondly, I would like to thank everyone who has bought us cakes, biscuits and sweets, as well as those very talented bakers amongst you who went to great efforts to thank us for our service during the year. Our walls and doors are covered in cards from customers sending us their best wishes and that means a lot to us.


We would obviously still make those efforts if we weren’t treated so well but running around for the following 12 months in an attempt to burn off the calories is a necessity.


This issue of the Post will land on your doorsteps the week before Christmas. I strongly recommend that if your medication is due around Christmas, that you order now if you already haven’t, to give it time to get to us. We will be back open on Wednesday 27th December at 8.30am for those of you who let Christmas sneak up on you!


That was the year that was!


At this time of year, we think back to the year that has almost passed and assess the positives and negatives.


2017 has been quite a year for us and pharmacy in general. After a petition signed by 2.2 million members of the public was overlooked by the government, pharmacies up and down the country started to feel the squeeze of unprecedented and frankly brutal cuts to our budget. Coupled with increased difficulties in sourcing many medicines at less than extortionate prices, it has resulted in pharmacy chains as big as Lloyds Pharmacy deciding to close or sell hundreds of ‘unviable’ branches. Locally, a pharmacy in Keswick relinquished their contract, which was previously unheard of. In an attempt to stem losses, some have decided to charge for services that have historically been free, such as delivery and blister packs. These services are a lifeline to many customers but are both labour and cost intensive and are nowhere near covered by the NHS contract.


We are not immune to these cuts (despite all the vaccinations we give) but as an Aston Villa fan, I have had a lifetime of dealing with challenges and we are both on the up at the moment. We have had the retirement of two long-serving and valued members of staff, which at times fills us with envy. We have also lost some very popular customers this year who will be missed in the shop or on the phone.


Recently, we have had two quite worrying days of watching river levels rise throughout the day. As someone who has pretty much worn a waterproof jacket ‘just in case’ since he moved up here, watching the forecast on an hourly basis is pretty new to me. All I asked Santa for, was for someone to come and fit our flood defences and he did, which means I must have been good!


There have also been many positives to enjoy. New services such as text messaging and travel vaccination have been well received and enhanced what we already provided for our customers. Existing services, such as our mobility aids and flu vaccinations have gone from strength to strength.


We have also been selected to be involved in two pilot schemes. One being a video call service to Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) on a Saturday and the other being a screening service for undetected and potentially life-changing Atrial Fibrillation (heart condition). Both have proven very successful in their initial period of use, with patients being treated effectively, as well as atrial fibrillation being detected.


We have also welcomed many new faces into the pharmacy, with some of them being rather cute little faces. We very much look forward to seeing you all in 2018.


Nat Mitchell www.allisonschemist.com


31 Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9LE 01900 822 292


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 6.00pm and


Saturday: 8.30am - 4.00pm


We still have vaccines available for both our NHS and private (over 12 years) flu jab services. Just ‘drop in’ to see us and you won’t be waiting long to get vaccinated.


FREE NHS HEALTH CHECKS


Available to eligible patients aged 40-74 and includes cholesterol check. Please get in touch to see if you are eligible and to make an appointment.


FREE PRESCRIPTION COLLECTION AND DELIVERY AVAILABLE


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www.allisonschemist.com | 01900 822 292 For further information about our service please


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Our trained pharmacist can administer your travel vaccines* and antimalarials’ including:


• Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio • Hepatitis A and HepatitisB • Japanese Encephalitis • Meningitis ACWY • Rabies


• Tick Borne Encephalitis • Typhoid We also vaccinate against MeningitisB (from 2 years old) and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in both boys and girls


Vaccinations require a consultation and some need to be started weeks before travel. We can professionally advise you on what you need for travel, removing some of the uncertainty searches on the internet can bring. We are confident that our prices are extremely competitive and have a track record for sourcing vaccines that others struggle to obtain.


* Please note that these are private services and are therefore chargeable. We are not yet a designated Yellow Fever centre


FLU VACCINES FREE NHS


like to wish all of our customers a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year!


A LITTLE WINTER SUN?


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