Friday, October 15, 2021

Two Kildare pharmacists have been shortlisted as finalists in the search for the  People’s Pharmacist 2021.

They are Catherine Power, Supervising Pharmacist at Moorfield Pharmacy in Newbridge and Jonathon Morrissey, Pharmacist at Marrons Pharmacy in Clane.

We have all heard the saying in recent months; not all superheroes wear capes.

The sentiment has never been truer than when talking about your local community pharmacists and teams. Pharmacists have always been trusted health care professionals, but they left no doubt that they are heroes during the pandemic.

Catherine’s nominee says, “As someone who suffers from an acquired brain injury, my mediation list can be quite endless. I suffer from epilepsy, psoriasis, eyesight problems, hearing loss and breathing issues but with Catherine as my community pharmacist I am never concerned as she takes complete charge of my needs.

Living as someone with a disability and with subsequent constant medication needs, it is a life saver to have Catherine at hand. I never have to worry about my prescriptions or running out of medication; she has streamlined all of these for me so I never need to worry.”

Catherine comments, “For me working through the pandemic has really highlighted the importance of the community aspect of community pharmacy.

During the past few months we have had tears, laughter and kind words with patients at the counter as we adapted to the ever changing and developing place the pharmacy holds. We, as a team, have worked hard to provide a service to our customers and allay their worries and fears during this difficult time.

Having this effort acknowledged in such a lovely way by one of our patients is incredibly rewarding and makes our hard work worthwhile.”

One of Jonathon’s nominations came from local Garda Shane Smyth who says, “We would have been lost without Marron’s pharmacy. Throughout Covid they helped me support the most vulnerable in the community that most people could not see needed help.

Their happiness, professionalism, helpfulness and care for the community is second to none. Every member of staff goes beyond what anyone could be asked for and everyone leaves the store feeling better, both for the medical help and with a smile. “In my role as the Community Garda I see what goes on behind the scenes and I wanted to let you know that Marron’s Pharmacy ensures that the people of Clane’s physical and mental health is always their primary goal. Our small town would be lost without them.”

Jonathon comments, “I love my patients. I always have. They are why I love doing what I do. They are why I teach this to other pharmacists because I think the pharmacy profession is amazing. Frequently we are not good, as a profession, at promoting our work. It’s always humbling to receive recognition from your customers that you are making a difference and through this Award, pharmacists are able to once again remember why they are doing what they do.”Closing Date for Voting: Monday November 1st, 2021

To vote for your pharmacist visit: www.irishpharmacyawards.ie/panadol/

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