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Six ways to survive working as an on-call pharmacist


Great practical insights Sinead! Your ideas are transferable and applicable in many other tricky pharmacy situations. For example just recently, I was called out of the blue at 11am by head office to sign out as Responsible Pharmacist in one branch at 3pm. Then drive about 12 miles to another branch so that I could supervise 10 to 12 methadone clients between 4pm and 5.30pm. Fortunately, another pharmcist from a rival branch had come in their lunch break to lable the prescriptions, saving invalublae time! Then the regular dispensing staff calmly explained the delay to the clients and their regular customers. It was a chaotic situation. Apart from one client effing and blinding and threatening to self-harm righ there and then [thank goodness for the security officer and shopfloor staff]), we somehow wemanaged to supervise all the clients and serve the other waiting customers. I had to keep as calm as possible, focus on the mission on hand and write up the requisite CD register entries. On reflection, an extraordinary situation.

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25 AUG 2019

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