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Pharmacy at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival

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Well.

I’mgoing to Glastonbury again!

 

I’vebeen going since 1998 and have listened to the “Will I, won’t I?” dilemmas ofreturning RocknRoll Pharmacists for many years. This time, for the smallest ofmoments, I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to do Glasto this year.

Isummed up the truth though, many years ago, when my boss warned me not to letGlastonbury affect my real job. I answered “Glastonbury IS my real job! Theother 51 weeks of the year are just preparation.” There is a buzz aboutpracticing pharmacy in this setting that I’ve never equalled in any other role.Although my involvement in the pharmacies is less now, it does draw me backyear after year. I can’t imagine being at the Glastonbury Festival withoutpacking my ‘pharmacist hat’ with my tent and wellies!

Jim and Tony

Pharmacyat Glasto has gone through changes while I’ve been going though. From the ‘onepharmacist’, no stock, pharmacy Tony Guest & I inherited, we developed aset up with a full team including specialist pharmacists, working shifts in a24 hour pharmacy within the main medical services. We also introduced a secondpharmacy in the main market areas to catch people who could self medicate &save unnecessary queues at Ivy Meads Medical Centre. We were successful on allcounts and the team continue friendships and professional links sustained nowover many years.

Themain dispensing pharmacy at Ivy Meads is run now by local pharmacist, PhilAllen from Evercreech Pharmacy with his wife Michelle & a full team ofprofessional pharmacy staff, still including many pharmacists who return yearafter year. They are up to speed and up to strength again this year and, likethe rest of us watching the skies to see what the weather is going to do!Michelle tells me the site is already muddy and sent me pictures of skies fullof rain. I don’t care. We’re still going!

Michelles rainclouds

Medicine Man PharmacyThepharmacy in the market areas is no longer part of the official medicalprovision and James Powell’s Medicine Man Pharmacy is back again this year at theusual spot in I Market. James’s team is excited and ready to go with somefamiliar faces and with some new staff finishing their training before Glastostarts. He is up to speed though with both Download and the Isle of Whitefestivals under his belt already this year. James indulges me as part of histeam but I still get to see all the main bands every year. I finally get tohave my Glastonbury cake and eat it!

I’mheading up to Shepton Mallet on the Summer Solstice, Tuesday 21stJune and, electricity & technology permitting, I’ll be reporting daily fromthe Glastonbury site with news of the pharmacies, the bands and all the otherwonderful goings on at The Glastonbury Festival 2011.

I’llreport back soon.

Jim

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