ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:FEBRUARY/MARCH
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m constantly taking notice of what’s going on in our pharmacy and the pharmacy world in general, in an attempt to make my monthly article of interest to the reader. Some months are easier than others and this last month, that was definitely the case and I tend to know this by the number of post-it notes I come home with stuck inside my pockets.
DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?
In mid-January, there was a big hullaballoo in pharmacy circles when a ‘celebrity journalist’ called Sam Delaney that I’d never heard of made some rather damning remarks about the profession on This Morning with Holly and Phil. I know Phil has since caused a storm on a whole new level, but this was pretty big for us pharmacists.
This followed (another) government initiative where a community pharmacist would provide patients with healthy living advice on an opportunistic basis.
Sam in his wisdom thought that this could result in him being called ‘fat’ at the counter of his local Boots by a ‘pretend doctor’ that the public doesn’t have much respect for anyway.
Well, you can imagine how this went down within the profession and I assume that they were some of the 2,313 complaints lodged with OFCOM within two days. ITV pretty quickly distanced themselves from the comments and did a piece where they highlighted some of the good work us ‘pretend doctors’ do when we’re not sticking labels on boxes!
THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT!
On this theme, I was asked by my daughter’s teacher to talk to her reception class about what a pharmacist does, as I don’t think that the kids had seen the This Morning episode I previously mentioned. In all honesty, the 4 and 5-year old’s seemed to have a better grasp of what we did than the TV presenters.
I armed myself with props such as inhaler demonstrators, Calpol, bandages and creams and tried my best to be a cool pharmacist if this is possible. The kids seemed to enjoy it and asked some pretty decent questions compared to some of the ones I usually have to answer!
My bubble was burst somewhat on returning home to discover that the parent that followed me was a police officer and they turned up with FIVE police dogs. Next time I’m going to take in Chupa Chups, which the parent who’s a dentist warned them about.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
I have been at Allison’s for almost 15 years and for most of those years our members of staff had gone to a trade fair in Birmingham, London or more recently Harrogate.
Due to holiday commitments, there was only one show this year where a member of staff was available to go to and that was the one at Birmingham’s NEC.
It just so happened that I was going to visit family in the great city on that weekend, so I offered Linda the chance to take me to the show, in the hope that we would find the next big thing.
We were there at the doors when the show opened and split up to conquer the huge halls full of traders peddling their wares. Pretty early on, I found a guy selling some unique long hot water bottles and tentatively approached Linda for her permission to buy them. She liked them too and I was like a little puppy getting a pat on the head and a treat for doing something good.
Seven or so miles of walking later, we had finished our search and both felt that we had found a few nice things to sell in the shop and I for one, hope that you agree with us, or I know who’ll be to blame. Just remember, that if in doubt, buy a long hot water bottle.
Nat Mitchell WWW.COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK
We can administer your travel vaccines* and provide antimalarials: • Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio • Hepatitis A
• Hepatitis B • Japanese Encephalitis • Meningitis ACWY • Rabies • Tick Borne Encephalitis • Typhoid
We can also vaccinate against Meningitis B (from 2 years old) Chickenpox, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) for both boys and girls
Vaccinations require a consultation with our trained pharmacist and some need to be started weeks before travelling. We aim to give you comprehensive advice and carry a range of vaccines. Many patients have received their vaccination the same or next day at a price that matches or beats most other clinics.
* Please note that these are private services and are therefore chargeable. We are not a designated Yellow Fever centre.
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