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Celebrating World Pharmacists Day 2020

Here at Sanders Pharmacy we are very lucky to have six Qualified Pharmacists on the team! 

25 September 2020 is World Pharmacists Day - a day to celebrate the unique contribution our Pharmacists make to the health of our community, and to share a bit of what we do. 

This year, our pharmacists have shed a light on why they love being a pharmacist, and a bit more behind how we do our magic...

Gail Karam

Gail Karam

What do you love about being a pharmacist? That lightbulb moment when you can see that you have explained something well, and the patient is going to get a good result because of it. Also when you can hear the happy buzz of customers in the shop.

Why did you become a pharmacist? Because I always loved learning about how drugs worked in biology lessons at school.

What superpower does a great Pharmacist have? A sixth sense for when something just looks wrong on a script, and never ending re-prioritisation skills!

Who is vital to helping your day-to-day life as a pharmacist? Our amazing techs and retail staff. Couldn't do it without them. Also my lovely supportive husband, who never (or hardly ever) complains when pharmacy comes first.

Sonia Pene

Sonia Pene

Why do you love being a Pharmacist? I love helping people. Building relationships with patients and working with my team. A rewarding profession I returned to after having my tamariki.

Leanne Gilbert

Leanne Gilbert

What do you love about being a Pharmacist? I love being part of a collaborative health care team working towards the best outcomes for our patients.

Allison Gallagher

Allison Gallagher

What do you love about being a pharmacist? Even after nearly 30 years as a community pharmacist I still love coming to work every day. Being able to help people towards better health is so rewarding. Often a pharmacist can look at a problem with a different angle and make a huge difference in someone’s life with a small suggestion. 

Any special memories? I have been part of people’s lives and that is a huge privilege. I have laughed with patients, cried with patients, seen families grow. I now I am seeing the children of people I dispensed medicines to when they themselves were children. 

What experience has shaped your practice? One of my biggest changes as a pharmacist was when I became a mum myself. I suddenly knew what it was like to have a sleepless night, to feel helpless when your baby cried for no apparent reason ... I can now recognise that look in a parent’s face, reassure them and sympathise with them.

Gina Nicholls

Gina Nicholls

What do you love about being a Pharmacist? When you develop good relationships with customers/patients after you have done something for them and you become a part of their ongoing healthcare journey

Gemma Perry

Gemma Perry

What do you love about being a Pharmacist? I like being able to learn and share knowledge - it's a seeing a patient empowered because they understand what they can do to keep themselves and their family well. I love when we are able to respond to a patient's treatment needs in the way they would like - with conventional medicines, advice, complementary and natural medicines, and lifestyle changes. I love that we have a skillset that can be so widely applied to help our community. I also love seeing kids come in, that is a bonus for sure. 

What experience has shaped your practice? Being closely involved with helping families with children with chronic health conditions, and also when a patient has become terminally ill. I lost a patient - a beautiful mum of 3 - quite early on in my career, and it really shook me - but I could also see how making the experience around receiving medication go as smoothly as possible, and really being there for the patient and their family, can make a big difference in that very special time. I am always humbled and grateful for the ways in which patients invite us into their lives. 

Who is vital to helping your day-to-day life as a pharmacist? We have an incredible team around us to make sure we get time to be the "medicines experts" with our patients - our wonderful Pharmacy assistants, admin staff and Dispensary Technicians. We are also grateful to work so closely with our colleagues in our area, especially the Mahoe Med team. Being able to collaborate on getting a great outcome for our patients is really rewarding, helps us learn and makes all the difference.



 

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