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At the end of Glasgow 2014

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The XX Commonwealth Games closed on 3rd August, but the pharmacy service closed with the closure of the athlete village at 12 noon on 6th August. Now all that is left to do is compile data on our activity, report on the service and think about what information we can pass to others to help with continuous quality improvement of Games pharmacy services. I’ll give you a quick summary of the data in a couple of posts over the next week or so.

The pharmacist Clyde-siders are left with some great memories, a sense of achievement and new friends. I guess everyone will have different favourite moments. It might have been delivering prescriptions in the Polyclinic’s ambulance (a converted golf buggy with space for a stretcher and a blue flashing light on top) or perhaps chatting to Prince Edward when he visited the Polyclinic and spent time with each service asking about their role. One of our pharmacists was completely starstruck just dispensing a prescription for  very famous athlete (who unfortunately didn’t collect it himself).

Kellie and Sarah Adlington

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Sarah Adlington and Kellie showing off their loom band bracelets

Kellie will have good memories of chatting to Sarah Adlington who admired the loom band one Kellie’s children had made in Scotland colours. Kellie arranged to bring her in one the next day and you can see them showing off the bands in this photo. Kellie also brought one for Ewan Burton, Scotland’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony. A few days later Sarah and Ewan were both gold medal winners in judo, and Sarah brought in her medal for the pharmacy team to admire.

Rachel and Dan Purvis

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Dan Purvis won one medal of each colour in the gymnastics

Rachel also had a few moments with famous faces; here she is with Dan Purvis who won one medal of each colour in the gymnastics. She also coined a new name for the Anguilla team who wore blue and orange kit; “Team Irn Bru” and tried to convert at least one of their athletes to the drink. I think she was successful too!

So what now? We go back to our day jobs, Glasgow returns to some level of normality and we hope the lasting benefits of the investment made for these Games are seen. There has already been significant regeneration in the area; one of the most deprived in Glasgow. I’ll leave you with the thoughts of Carol Burns, owner of the pharmacy just outside the perimeter of athlete village and who knows the area better than most. She was one of the community pharmacists who provided support to the Games pharmacy service and the one we relied on from the village.

My pharmacy in Dalmarnock must be the one most affected by the games. Having lived through a Compulsory Purchase Order on my previous premises, a relocation and a major reduction in my customer base due to demolition of housing to create the Commonwealth Village, we are still continuing to provide a service to the locals. Since the start of the Games we have also had to cope with road closures and increased security around us.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that since the athletes have arrived in the area we have never had such a colourful and vibrant Dalmarnock. Coupled with the good weather is has been inspirational meeting people from all over the world and having many varied and interesting conversations. We have had to cope with some really weird requests from some of our overseas visitors, but there has always been good humour involved. We have tallied so far representatives of a total of  19 nations from Botswana to St Vincent & The Grenadines and many more in between, we  have enjoyed meeting them all ( even received a few lapel pins as gifts).

I shall miss the buzz when they all leave. I look forward to the legacy of the games, which will eventually make Dalmarnock a new and sought after area in the East End of Glasgow.

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