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Manic Monday

The latest situation we seem to be facing in the Pharmacy? We have had a number of patients that just seem….well…”lost”. They talk to us about minor ailments and aches. But when we ask them questions, their symptoms are so confusing we have to refer them to the Pharmacist.

When the Pharmacist tries to make sense of what they are reporting to us, it seems most likely that their symptoms are brought on by stress. It has been a stressful year, so that is no surprise.

We were talking about it last week. So many of our patients seem to be neglected. They have not been able to have the occasional ten minute appointment with their GP over the past twelve months. They stumble into the Pharmacy looking clueless. They know they don’t feel right, but they have no idea what could be causing it.

Our role is now involving a lot more reassurance to our customers that the NHS cares about them and wants to help them. But wow, it is so time-consuming. It is really challenging to give half an hour to a customer that needs to talk when you have forty prescriptions to dispense before customers arrive to collect their medications.

We are trying to get that balance right, but it is challenging. We are all huge believers that sometimes, a little kindness can make a huge difference to the welfare of our customers.



I struggled with the news during 2020, and probably before that. So I have decided that during 2021, I want to look for more good news, positive stories that restore my confidence in people.

So this week, one of the best news articles I read online was that of a police officer in the USA. This is the BBC report if you want to read it yourself…


…but the bullet points are that when two women were caught shoplifting, a police officer named Matt Lima was called to arrest them. The women explained they wanted to provide festive food for their families but were suffering adverse economic conditions.

What did the cop do? He used his own money to buy them gift cards worth $250. The story was a gem in a miserable week. But it was the last line that brought a smile to me. He is quoted as saying that he just wanted to put himself in that family’s shoes and show a little bit of empathy.

There has been a lot of criticism of the police officers for mistreating people – but Officer Matt Lima gets the GOOD COP award this week.