Teamwork win for pharmacy in UK awards

Raymond Anderson with his award.
Raymond Anderson with his award.

A Portadown pharmacy has won an award for its working relationship with the Orchard Family Practice in Portadown Health Centre, which has had proven benefits for patients.

Anderson’s Pharmacy was the winner of the ‘GP Partnership of the Year’ category in the UK-wide, C&D magazine awards.

Owner Raymond Anderson was presented with the award at a ceremony in London.

In their resume, judges said, “The opportunity to share patient records and input into consultations has given pharmacists at Anderson Pharmacy a chance to flex their clinical skills, with two now working in the prescribing clinics.

“Meanwhile, independent prescriber Raymond Anderson has helped relieve the pressure on GPs by assisting with the practice’s regular medication reviews, formulary development and staff training.”

They added, “This multidisciplinary approach has been welcomed by patients – most notably elderly members of the community, who are now comfortable seeking advice from the pharmacy team rather than their GP.

“The addition of Saturday morning remote access clinics in the pharmacy has improved access to hypertension services – their popularity demonstrated by the 93 per cent of patients who rated the service 10 out of 10.”

They said other local GPs are approaching the pharmacy to see if they can repeat this success with further hypertension and COPD clinics.

Mr Anderson is also president of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association and has visited countries where he has worked with pharmacists to encourage professional development and safety in medicine procurement and use.