Huntly pharmacy recognised
Work in the community has earned Samuel Martin and the team at Huntly West Pharmacy recognition in the annual Pharmacy Awards New Zealand 2016.
Martin was named joint runner-up with Teei Kaiaruna from Hamilton’s Pharmacy 547 in the new category, PRISM Te Hapai Hauora Award.
The award recognises an individual or team that has worked within their community to deliver a range of innovative services or expertise to improve the health and wellbeing of Maori. It was one of 14 categories featured.
‘‘It’s was quite surprising we were nominated and it was quite nice to have that recognition,’’ Martin said.
Both pharmacies are owned by Ian McMichael and Martin has helped drive some changes in the community to make medical care more accessible.
One of the developments was a collaboration with Huntly’s Waahi Medical Clinic to integrate the pharmacy and clinic buildings.
The centre has direct access to the pharmacy, currently the only pharmacy of its kind in the area, which means staff and patients can move freely between the cen- tre and pharmacy without exiting the building.
It lead onto Kaiaruna being able to provide pharmaceutical services in a medical centre as part of the collaborative approach.
The developments tied in with the category Martin was nominated for as it was a way to reduce the inequalities in the health section, he said.
And since he began with the surgery six years ago, he noticed the low-socio economic population of Huntly needed that change, he said.
The Huntly pharmacy also was one of few to pilot INR testing which monitors the effects of the medication warfarin and checks how long it takes for blood to clot.
It was previously done at the medical centre and was a lengthy process.
Now it’s a simple pin prick on the finger and takes minutes for results, all done at the pharmacy.
‘‘We often get told that patients like it a whole lot more... a tiny little finger prick is much nicer.’’
Martin said the centre was not done ‘re-inventing the wheel’ but changes would come when need be.
The pharmacy has previously placed as runner-up in the Community Pharmacy of the Year. safety was on the line. In those circumstances you cannot be too careful and I make no apology for putting safety first.
‘‘I am pleased with our processes and procedures for dealing with the situation. We had cooperation from staff, those visiting our buildings at the time, our contractors and from the police, with whom we were working throughout the day,’’ Ion said.
Council managed the response from the head Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the Ngaruawahia head office.
Staff were able to leave the district sites on Friday afternoon after police had visited an individual at a Waikato address in connection with the threat.
Security remained on various sites Saturday as precaution.