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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:AUGUST/SEPTEMBER OH BOY!


As you may well have noticed, many of our staff are well ‘established’ at Allison’s having put in a few years between them.


A few weeks ago, a situation arose where it appeared that a decade or two had disappeared somewhere. A prescription had been collected for a patient and the back of the form hadn’t been signed to say whether they paid for it or not. The staff involved weren’t sure whether they worked or whether they were still in education.


It came as quite a shock when it was revealed that the patient was in fact in their thirties. Remembering them being pushed in a pram is apparently a good excuse for knocking a dozen years off someone’s age.


WHO CARES?


There is a big push by the NHS for patients to not use precious NHS resources when they could treat the condition themselves with over the counter medication. The projected potential annual savings of this ‘self care’ of £136 million were a bit off but £26 million is still a lot of money.


The drug that has had the biggest impact on us has been paracetamol, with patients buying larger quantities from us, as their GP will no longer prescribe them. We have attempted to make this easier on patients by only charging 45p for 32 tablets but there’s only so much we can do.


The concept makes perfect sense, but it is important to remember that even if a drug is available over the counter, it is not always licensed or safe to be sold if you have an existing condition.


For example, your GP or consultant (if you are under one) may be happy for you to take Ibuprofen if you have high blood pressure or asthma but if you buy them and have an adverse reaction then you will open the leaflet to read that you shouldn’t have taken them. Another example is co-codamol, where the medication can be bought from a pharmacy but not for more than three days use. So, if it is needed long-term then it still needs to be prescribed. This is why we will ask you the questions that will no doubt infuriate you but at least we ask unlike the 12-year old in Poundworld.


YOU’RE FIRED!


Recently, some news within the pharmacy community sent shockwaves through its membership. A consultation had been set up to see whether apprenticeships could be formed where, after five years the apprentice became a registered pharmacist.


Pharmacists currently study for a four-year master’s degree and then a year on-the-job training and two registration exams. Yes it’s hard to believe that I did this isn’t it? Well in all honesty I didn’t, as the degree was only three years long back when I was a student.


In the end, it was decided that the consultation would be put on hold for a while, due to the upset it caused. I think it was more likely that they wouldn’t be able to find any apprentices willing to take all the responsibility for what the companies suggesting it would be willing to offer.


As expected, any profession likes to maintain it’s standards and doesn’t like to think of others getting in via an ‘easier’ route. My gripe is about whether Alan Sugar has the requisite knowledge to decide whether someone will make a good pharmacist or not.


GOING VIRAL!


Next month, will see the start of our flu vaccination service. We look forward to running another successful service resulting in many protected and satisfied patients.


Some suppliers will be rationing their vaccine again this year, but I am pleased to say that this shouldn’t affect us as we’ve been promised early deliveries from several suppliers. I’m very persuasive!


Flu isn’t thought to circulate until November, but I’ll be getting my jab in September just in case the virus hasn’t got the memo!


Nat Mitchell WWW.COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK ALLISONS CHEMIST


COMING SOON!


•NHS& Private Jabs •Large Stocks


•Friendly Staff •Convenient


•Early Delivery •ShortWaits •Efficient •Safe


PRIVATE JABS AT ALLISONS STILL ONLY £10.00!


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31 Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9LE Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 6.00pm and Saturday: 8.30am - 4.00pm


www.allisonschemist.com | 01900 822 292 ISSUE 434 | 22 AUGUST 2019 | 15


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