This is not how things should be. The profession of pharmacy has reached such a point that speaking up will destroy your career.
It’s a paranoid world out there, and humans have a knack of surviving germs and bugs. But every year we’re offered flu jabs.
If we go on holiday to certain countries we’re given vaccinations against all sorts of diseases. The illnesses and diseases can kill, but humanity has survived this far by building up its immunities to some of them.
I work as a pharmacist in general practice and this incident was a career-defining moment and one I will never forget. I have been a pharmacist for over 20 years and this was the most professionally frightening situation I have ever found myself in. Whilst I cannot reveal my identity for obvious reasons […]
Someone recently asked me how I coped with the death and dying when I was in the Ambulance Service. I spoke in a previous post about how the crew depersonalise jobs. It’s something you learn the importance of very quickly.
I am in my 40’s, live in Belfast and am married with one child. At the end of 2014 I was ecstatic to find out I was pregnant. We had been trying for a while for a brother or sister for my daughter and I had already been through a devastating and painful […]
In June 2017 I was facing crisis point. I was facing financial ruin due to debts in excess of £60k, living way beyond my means and working 50+ hours a week to try and make ends meet. I was in danger of losing my house and stress and pressures of work were also […]
Pharmacists have held back pharmacy for too long. In 1978, David Ennals, who was secretary of state for social services, commented to a member of the then PSNC that he could buy 200ml of Magnesium Trisilicate from his local pharmacy (over the counter) including a profit margin and VAT at significantly less than the […]
I am a pharmacist and I was accused of being a bully. It was terrible. I used to work for a small group of pharmacies. I was brought into the pharmacy to support the manager who happened to be a registered pharmacy technician. I was obviously responsible for the professional side of the business. My […]
I had never seen a dead body before. I had been qualified only a couple of months and had, up till now, managed to avoid a fatality of any kind. We signed on to our night shift and all was well, then the call came – “59361, 999 call. Male fallen from the 4th-floor […]
No matter what you want to call it, the coming together of two objects often ends in injury, or worse. I had not long started when I was called to my first fatal RTC (Road Traffic Collision). I think they were still known as RTAs at that point (Accident) but later someone decided “accident” […]