Thursday, 24 November 2011

Handbags and Gladrags....London here we come!

We're off to London tonight for the Alliance Healthcare Pharmacy Awards. The handbags and the gladrags are packed and there may even be a bit of time for a manicure before the big event this evening.

Barnton Pharmacy are shortlisted in two categories*; "Scottish Community Pharmacy of the Year" and "Alphega Pharmacy UK Pharmacy of the Year"

We are really pleased that our achievements since March 2010 are being recognised and all the hard work we have put in seems to be paying off. However, we are often so busy looking forward that we forget to look back and celebrate exactly what we have achieved. I thought I would use this blogging chance to do just that.

Since March 2010 we have:
  • increased our prescription volume by about 20%
  • 20 times more patients signed up to the minor ailments service who consult us regularly for their health concerns.
  • a very successful smoking cessation service with excellent quit rates
  • improved our customer service - judging by the chocolates and cards we receive from our loyal seems to have.
  • helped many people lose weight through our weight management programme
  • delivered on our vision of offering great pharmaceutical care in the community.
None of this would have been possible if it were just Leanne and I on our own. Our dedicated pharmacy team have worked really hard (through some tough times) to help us deliver our goals and we are truly grateful for that.

The fact that both Leanne and I can disappear to London and leave Hazel, Sandra and Willie to run the show is a credit to them! Thank did I mention I've got a train to catch!

*Watch this space for whether we win or not.


  1. Good luck Sally, and congratulations on your achievements so far. A community pharmacy is an essential part of every community.

  2. Thanks both. We won! Notonly scottish pharmacy of the year but overall community pharmacy of the year too. An excellent evening.