Posted by: Jim Hutchins9 MAY 2010
Manypeople don’t realise that there are pharmacy services at the GlastonburyFestival.
Icertainly didn’t at my first Glasto in 1998, when I wallowed in the mud witheveryone else, blissfully unaware that one poor pharmacist, Tony Guest of Festival Health Ltd, wasrunning the pharmacy almost single handedly for the festival medical services.
Since thetemporary population peaks at over 150,000 it is hardly surprising that medical& pharmacy services are needed on site.
The firston site pharmacy was registered in 1994 but when I joined Tony in 1999 we knewwe had to drastically develop the facilities and service to stay safe andprofessional. We also saw no reason why it shouldn’t be a lot of fun!
Over thenext 9 years, we had a team of wonderful pharmacists and staff who came to havefun and still provide a professional pharmacy service.
We ran Festival Pharmacy, a 24hr pharmacy attached to the Festival Medical Services ‘field hospital’ and Arena Pharmacy, a secondpharmacy in the market place selling & advising for self medication.
This wasnow ‘RocknRollPharmacy’ and some of our legendary stories have been publishedin several pharmacy magazines.
TheFestival Medical Services pharmacy and pharmacy team is now run by Phil Allenfrom the local pharmacy in Evercreech, and the market pharmacy is Med ManPharmacy run by James Powell.
TheRocknRollPharmacy blog has run for several years and chronicles my own thoughtsand experiences, with input & observations from the other RocknRollPharmacists.This year I will be working for James in the market pharmacy again, but I’mlooking forward to getting together with my friends from the medical centrepharmacy too.
My experience& reports may be coloured this year by the fact that I am taking thechildren along. I will be camping outside with the general public for the firsttime since 1998, instead of inside secure staff areas. Hmmm.
I’ll letyou know how it goes!