A Day in the Life of a Community Pharmacist

September 24, 2020

 

Hannah McTier, Pharmacist and Partner, Blooms The Chemist Mount Ommaney and Kenmore

Whether you’re answering questions on digestive health or sharing advice on supplements to support an active lifestyle, being a Pharmacist can be extremely rewarding.  

As a small-business owner and a frontline healthcare worker, being a Pharmacist and Partner means a busy schedule.  While no two days are ever the same, the work that we do at Blooms The Chemist is always in the best interest for our local community.

How do Pharmacists like to start their day?

Like lots of people, I like to start my day with a strong cup of coffee from my local cafés, Acai Brothers Kenmore & The Olive Grove Café.

I then make my way into the pharmacy, where I’m greeted by my wonderful and hardworking team. They’re very experienced, which means they’re fantastic at helping me navigate the diverse needs of the wider community.  

Every day, you meet plenty of new people who might have different needs depending on their health.  Luckily, we’re experienced in our craft and always aim to provide sound and relevant advice to our customers and community.

What does it mean to be a Community Pharmacist?

It’s all about accessibility.  We work really hard to create an accessible platform for people to connect with medical professionals when they need it.

Without the ongoing support of the local community, we definitely would not be able to do what we love!  The local characters always make my job worthwhile.  We have one customer who regularly comes in and, despite living with chronic pain, she spreads love and joy wherever she goes. She brings us beautiful home-grown flowers every other week to display in the store – it’s simply heart-warming. 

What is the future looking like for Pharmacists?

COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted the lives of a lot of the people who visit the pharmacy.  However, there are some positives.  Pharmacies have been instrumental in providing the community with tools to self-isolate, protect their immune systems and have access to important information as they need it.  

People are anxious due to changing circumstances, but it has been incredible to witness the selflessness of people who have stepped up and helped those who need it most.

This is why I can proudly recommend Pharmacy as a career for people who are looking for continual learning, community engagement and the real opportunity to make a difference – it’s so much more than just fulfilling a script. 

I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such a hard working team of like-minded people who love what they do.