Huntly phar­macy recog­nised

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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.

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