Kyle pharmacy assistant honoured for Covid role

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A medicines counter assistant from Right Medicine Pharmacy in Kyle of Lochalsh has been named highly commended in an excellence award.

Winners of the eighth annual Recognition of Excellence (RoE) Awards were announced last week.

Presented to key healthcare workers for outstanding achievements in the world of community pharmacy, this year’s finalists included Kyle medicines counter assistant Gregor Main, for a Retail Skills Award.

He thought ‘outside the box’ during the pandemic to cater for the needs of people in the rural community and support other businesses in the area.

He brought in new product lines of essential items and sent out videos and pictures
of the pharmacy’s stock to shielding and housebound patients so they could choose Christmas gifts for loved ones.

The judges praised his caring nature and adaptability under difficult circumstances.

Finalists were treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to central London for the awards ceremony that took place over lunchtime at the glamorous 8 Northumberland Avenue.

The event involved a champagne drinks reception with the top brass of the pharmacy industry, an inspirational speech from special guest Jonny Benjamin MBE and a glittering awards ceremony where the finalists in attendance collected their prizes.

Unfortunately, Mr Main was unable to attend the event, but his certificate is being sent to him along with the Training Matters team’s warmest congratulations.

Commenting on the awards, editor of Training Matters and RoE Awards host Helena Beer said: ‘Our finalists represent the very best of community pharmacy.

‘I’m thrilled to be able to reward these individuals for their hard work, dedication and passion for helping the people in their communities live better and healthier lives.

‘The past year has been exceptional in more ways than one and it’s been a pleasure to share the stories of what community pharmacy teams have achieved despite very challenging circumstances.’