After much deliberation, the editors decided that the poem below, written by Neil Mistry from Hutchins Chemist in Loughton, was a worthy winner.
Read and enjoy!
I grind the morning traffic and queues; I cannot be late for work for all that pharma
My patients will be waiting with baited breath; I’m striving for karma
Mentally I am preparing for the organised chaos that will engulf me
I will be prepared? I think to myself, and smile internally with glee
That need to be made
The challenges with HCPs…communication; paperwork; workload, I hope will fade
Patients and GPs alike wait to interact
I know I’ve indirectly made with the “powers that be” a devil’s pact
My role is very varied, but we all play an important and vital role
Patient outcomes, health and wellbeing are our ultimate goal
Our responsibilities vary within the healthcare sys-tem
I believe we are uncut “diamonds”, and the unseen colourful “gem”
I give out medicines, and information that is the basic link
If I was to stop, I am sure everyone will sink!
In community pharmacy practice, we may need to sell
But it is important as we want to see all our clients being well!
I help the general public, with their conditions, diseases and ailments
And make clinical decisions, support care and listen to the elements
I offer patients advice on prescriptions and how to keep their good health
I am seen to have all the answers and the direction to information wealth
I manage asthma and diabetes and blood pressure testing
I alter diets; give advice on allergy; cholesterol; help people give up smoking
And if time permits, I do some joking
But I start to wane, when the powers that be keep on poking!
By Neil Mistry, pharmacist, Hutchins Pharmacy, Loughton, Essex