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Two Alphega Pharmacy members triumphed at this year’s Chemist and Druggist awards: Jackie Lewis, Lewis Pharmacy, and Graham Phillips, Manor Pharmacy. Jackie and Graham have been recognised at one of the highest pharmaceutical industry levels for their remarkable efforts in assisting early diagnosis of cancer, diabetes and associated diseases.
Jackie Lewis, Alphega Pharmacy member and Pharmacist Director, has been at the heart of her community in Exmouth for over 20 years as owner and pharmacist at Lewis Pharmacy. COVID-19 changed the face of the world this year, and pharmacies were called upon to be part of their communities like never before - Lewis Pharmacy played its part by delivering all of its pharmacy services throughout 2020, to the benefit of the local community and UK patients.
At the end of what has been an extremely challenging year, Jackie has been awarded: “Community Pharmacist of the Year” at the reputable Chemist and Druggist awards, and is delighted to be recognised by the industry that she loves working in.
Over the last few years, Jackie has been increasingly involved in bringing community pharmacies to the forefront of assisting in early diagnosis of cancer by pharmacy teams. Working in collaboration with Macmillan, Cancer Research UK, British Oncology Pharmacy Association and now pharma industry partners, she started the year finalising the: ’Not Normal For You’ project within a group of local pharmacies. Jackie has since recruited a team of experts from all over the UK to work on a national early diagnosis project for pharmacy staff which will hopefully be released in early 2021.
Mike Smith, Alliance Healthcare UK, Non-Executive Advisor added: “Jackie (and Martyn Lewis) has looked after my wife Rosie and I for 10 years - the quality of her advice on medicines management is of the highest quality. The service from Lewis Pharmacy is second to none. This award proves how important the work you carry out really is, congratulations to you Jackie.”
Graham Phillips, Alphega Pharmacy member and Superintendent Pharmacist of Manor Pharmacy and ProLongevity Founder, was awarded: “Health Initiative of the Year” for his work with ProLongevity, a Diabetes Prevention Service. Graham said: “I am both delighted and humbled to receive such a prestigious award. Type 2 diabetes, and associated diseases such as obesity, cardio-vascular disease and dementia are a worldwide pandemic. Helping patients find sustainable solutions to preventing or reversing these long-term conditions by improving their lifestyles via the www.prolongevity.co.uk programme is truly a joy.”
Raj Nutan, Head of Alphega Pharmacy UK said: “All Alphega Pharmacy members demonstrate incredible support for UK patients, day-in, day-out, and we are very proud of all the efforts from community pharmacy, but in particular Jackie and Graham. Their commitment, energy and determination to help people in the UK live healthier and happier lives, and fight life-threatening diseases is truly incredible and I am delighted their efforts have achieved this level of recognition.”
Alliance Healthcare is proud to work with Alphega Pharmacy members and support their exceptional efforts.