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A remarkable six Alphega Pharmacy members have triumphed at this year’s Pharmacy Business Awards, which recognises the most inspirational individuals and pharmacy teams who work miracles in the heart of their local communities.
The night was a celebration of pharmacy heroes who were honoured for their dedication to patient care and extraordinary work in the healthcare industry, with special guests Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London in attendance.
Alphega Pharmacy member Kieran Eason, Superintendent Pharmacist of Easons Pharmacy, was awarded: “Local Health Initiative of the Year” for delivering brilliant clinical services to patients. Kieran approached a locally commissioned minor ailment service with vigour and passion – notching up 50 consultations in just a week. Easons Pharmacy now provides diagnosis and treatment to more than 200 patients a month – covering a range of minor health issues from ear and throat conditions to UTIs and eczema. Judges hailed it “a resounding success”.
Alphega Pharmacy member Amish Patel, Hodgson Pharmacy, was honoured with the “Pharmacy Technology” award for leading the way in using technology to offer high quality, patient led services and has seen a resulting uptick in numbers. Located in a rural area with 60 per cent of locals over 65, Amish has reached out using a variety of technological tools, and has even seen people travel from abroad to access his services. Amish’s work has seen a remarkable effect on patients in his local community.
Alphega Pharmacy member Graham Phillips, Superintendent Pharmacist of Manor Pharmacy and ProLongevity Founder, was awarded: “Public Health Pharmacist” for his for his dedication to ProLongevity, a Diabetes Prevention Service. Graham’s 8-week ProLongevity programme is based on a personalised lifestyle approach that helps people lose weight, improve wellbeing and avoid or reverse diabetes. This innovative programme has been a huge success with life changing results for partakers and is a game changer for preventative healthcare.
Alphega Pharmacy member Heidi Norton, Bidford Pharmacy has been recognised as a key member of the forward-looking and hardworking Bidford Pharmacy team. Transitioning from the airline industry to healthcare was probably the most inspired move Heidi ever made, and has resulted in her winning the “Pharmacy Assistant” award. Heidi’s particular strength is talking to people, sometimes even visiting them at home – in her own time, she has helped identify a stroke, skin cancer and helped countless others with sympathy, care and knowledge.
Alphega Pharmacy member Amit Pattni, Sonichem Pharmacy has been honoured with the “GP-Primary Care Integration” award for his work with mental health issues and diabetes. Amit Pattni took both issues head on and impressed local doctors enough to attract £25,000 for a specific project. Working closely with the local GP surgery, Sonichem Pharmacy has provided much needed bespoke consultations for mental health patients and on-going personal support. The service has been a huge success with positive outcomes for all patients.
Presented by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, the “Pharmacy Business of the Year” award was proudly presented to Alphega Pharmacy member Rikin Patel, Sharmans Pharmacy. Sharmans Pharmacy, Northwood, London, has been at the heart of its local community for over 120 years. Located in an affluent suburb, this impressive pharmacy has been beautifully designed to operate as a well-being hub for the community offering a wide range of clinical and enhanced services.
The pharmacy has been completely refurbished with a bright, modern design to maximise the patient experience. Stocking a wide range of premium brands such as Clarins, Chanel and Lancome, the pharmacy caters to the wider healthcare needs of the community.
Adding the latest automation and four new consulting rooms, which are almost always fully occupied, the pharmacy has a 20-strong team that includes five podiatrists and three osteopaths.
Our “Pharmacy Business of the Year” winner is a forward-thinking pharmacy, constantly innovating to deliver greater service models and health outcomes for its patients. Rikin Patel and his team are role models for the future of community pharmacy.
Raj Nutan, Head of Alphega Pharmacy UK said: “Our members work tirelessly to provide a first class service in the communities in which they serve and are an important cog in NHS Primary Care Team. The pharmacy industry has gone through some challenging times recently, and our members have shown utter resilience and determination to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. I am overjoyed that our members’ efforts have received this high level of acknowledgement.”
Alliance Healthcare and Alphega Pharmacy congratulate our Alphega Pharmacy members, and support them with the continuation of their fantastic work in community pharmacy.