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Adam Pattison Rathbone writes an open letter to pharmacists and GPs with a unique proposal
My rotation workingfor our dispensing for discharge service has come to an end. I have slowlymanaged to get used to working at a busy pace in an acute admissions ward. Thepatients I see range from exacerbations of COPD, to ACS, to heart failure.
What role does marketing play in medicalising the human experience? Adam Pattison Rathbone shares his thoughts
have clearly been slacking when it comes to my blogging duties, which is partly my fault and partly through unforeseen circumstances. I am now way past the halfway point of my pre-reg and have crossed over to the hospital part of my training. I am in a completely different world to what I spent the previous 6 months working in, nevertheless I am enjoying myself and learning an incredible amount, which will all be helpful to my future practice.
The last few months have been a whirlwind of inductions,covering wards for the first time and learning the importance of timelydischarges. I can honestly say I have learnt more in the last few months as apharmacist than I did through the whole year of pre-reg and I have learned first-handthat experience truly is the key to building clinical knowledge.
E-cigarettes are appealing because they are one way to giveup smoking without really having to give up smoking. They are aestheticallysimilar to real cigarettes and offer the same nicotine-fuelled buzz that iscraved by smokers. In theory, they could vastly reduce medical problems
As a hospital pre-reg trainee I am fortunate to have the knowledge and experience of many pharmacists at my fingertips, but for many of my peers, they may only get the opportunity to work with two or three pharmacists this year before they embark on a lifelong career of making important decisions, independently - for the most part. Working with so many highly skilled pharmacists has made me think about how important sharing knowledge and experiences is with colleagues - especially ...
Ethics is such a controversial topic. Ethical dilemmas can occur daily for some pharmacists whether it be unsigned prescriptions or issues surrounding patient confidentiality. Having thought quite deeply about ethics, I believe nothing can really prepare you for a ethical dilemma unless you actually experience them. This can be quite daunting.
I shadowed a pharmacist on a ward round where we saw apatient who had a low sodium blood level. He had also had a fall and was weak.A scan determined that there was no brain damage so it was deemed safe toprescribe low molecular weight heparin. This prevents the formation of bloodclots and if the patient had a bleed on the brain this would not have been
Working with some of the most brilliant minds in the field of solid oral dosage forms has really had a great impact on me. Their seemingly endless knowledge, determination and hardworking nature have increased my aspirations of a future career in this type of industrial environment. With the attrition rate of novel compounds ever increasing, the industry seems to be fighting an uphill battle. Despite this, it is exceptionally clear, just how driven each individual is, with this gritty ...
My name appeared on the GPhC register on the 1stof September. This date will always hold a special meaning to me as itsignifies the beginning of my career as a pharmacist. I feel extremely proud ofwhat I have achieved after five years of studying.
I checked my first item as a pharmacist last week. Itwas a prescription of paracetamol suspensionfor a one year old child. I remember a tutor telling some students that you'llalways remember checking your first item, then she rolled off what hers was. Iremember thinking how peculiar that was. Is it the fact that as pharmacists we
Many peers have asked me the same question over the past few years: why do you want to work in the pharmaceutical industry? This was often the natural response, after those around me discovered the summer placement and eventually pre-reg training I was to complete.
When reading about the use of hyaluronic acid in osteoarthritis, I started to look into hyaluronan and found that it is normally present in synovial fluid and is a component of the extracellular matrix. It has a significant role in cell proliferation and migration. Immediately, this links in my brain to cancer biology and the potential role in malignancy.
On a hospital summer placement I spent time in the hospital’sMedicines Information Office. This was a regional centre where they had to becareful not to take calls from outside of the region which required a goodknowledge of regional geography. The particular centre I visited receivedapproximately 200 inquiries a month and was open to members of the public, GPs,