Also shortlisted as a Finalist is Anna Gudmundsdottir, Supervising Pharmacist at Haven Pharmacy in Dunshaughlin.
Anna was nominated by a patient from her local community who has described her as a ‘lifeline’ when it comes to her care.
Not only that, but she has been described as a pharmacy professional who not only exhibits knowledge and expertise in abundance, she is a ‘breath of fresh air’ for all customers; always taking time out of an incredibly pressured and busy day to check in on others and those around her.
Having been diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of Covid, Anna and her pharmacy colleagues have consistently gone above and beyond, dropped chemotherapy medication directly to the door, calling the patients GP to check on dosing and prescriptions and even bringing necessities from home to the hospital while visiting was restricted for families.
“Furthermore, Anna organised for my whole family to receive our Flu vaccines at a time when no-one else was in the shop, to help me maintain socially distancing and lessen my risk of catching Covid.
“I could list her attributes for days, but there aren’t enough words to describe how amazing she has been to me and my family during what would have been an otherwise extremely challenging and difficult time. Anna really is the heart of our community.”
Anna comments, “When Covid first arrived on Ireland’s shores we knew as a pharmacy it was time to step up for our community. My priority has always been for the safety of our customers and that has meant ensuring they always have access to medicines and their health needs addressed. I am overwhelmed that my customers have valued this so much by nominating me for The People’s Pharmacist Award.
“I think it’s important to add that my job wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of my pharmacy team who have all worked to the best of their ability in order to help the pharmacy remain open during a very difficult and worrying time.
“They too went above and beyond in making sure patients received their medication while cocooning by doing home deliveries and offering additional assistance.”
Closing Date for Voting: Monday November 1st, 2021
To vote for your pharmacist visit: www.irishpharmacyawards.ie/panadol/