Pharmacists have always been trusted health care professionals, but they left no doubt that they are heroes during the pandemic.
Across the country, community pharmacists have played a crucial role in helping to keep healthcare services going and accessible; consistently visible on the frontline, often taking on new roles outside of their remit, and expanding and providing their expertise.
One such pharmacist is Ellen Davis, Pharmacist and Owner at Davis Pharmacy in Eyrecourt, Galway who has been shortlisted as a Finalist.
When one of Aileen Howard’s children fell ill, she knows exactly who stepped up. She comments, “Ellen went above and beyond for our family when it was needed the most.
“Whilst the necessary medication could not be sourced for the child at Crumlin Hospital in Dublin, or anywhere nearby, Ellen spoke directly with the hospital and was able to make up appropriate dosing. She checked in with the hospital, she liaised with us every step of the way.
“Ellen is a tremendous asset to our community. She is extremely knowledgeable, kind and compassionate – but more than that she truly cares about her customers who are more than just customers, they are neighbours, friends and family.”
A nominee added, “Ellen is amazing to everyone in our village for advice and support she is always on hand to give advice. I would even go to Ellen before trying to make an appointment with my local GP.
“The whole community respect for her as both a friend and as a professional. We are blessed to have Ellen in our village.”
Ellen says, “Community pharmacy is typically at the heart of all communities, across Ireland. It has been challenging during the last 18 months but truly an honour to be able to provide assistance to our customers and patients.
“When the pandemic is over, we will still be here, doing what we are passionate about and offering the same service. I am very humbled to have been nominated for this Award.”
Closing Date for Voting: Monday November 1st, 2021
To vote for your pharmacist visit: www.irishpharmacyawards.ie/panadol/