Pharmacy that rose from the ashes is up for a health award

NOMINEES From left, Clare Hoy, Debbie Wilson, Lauren Mills and Michelle Small from Rowlands Pharmacy in Lavender Road. Picture: Sarah Standing (113336-4621)
NOMINEES From left, Clare Hoy, Debbie Wilson, Lauren Mills and Michelle Small from Rowlands Pharmacy in Lavender Road. Picture: Sarah Standing (113336-4621)
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DESPITE their store being ravaged by fire, these pharmacy staff are still doing all they can to provide vital medicines.

And that’s why a loyal and grateful patient has put Rowlands Pharmacy, in Waterlooville, up for a Best of Health Award 2012.

The store, in Lavender Road, was one of several damaged in a suspected arson attack in September last year.

It was destroyed by fire and is not expected to be ready for use until May next year.

But only two days after the fire, staff set up a makeshift pharmacy in a hut in the car park of Stake Lodge Surgery.

Lesley Moore, of Covert Grove, Waterlooville, said: ‘The pharmacist and staff have always been great, but last year after the fire, the staff have been absolutely superb – despite working in a tiny, cold cabin in the doctors’ car park.

‘The temporary pharmacy was up and running in the car park two days after the fire.

‘We lost a lot of our family’s prescriptions, but they were reissued and with us within days.

‘The cabin in which the staff work is cold and very small, but the staff always greet you with a smile and are so friendly and couldn’t be more helpful if they tried.

‘If anyone deserves this award it’s the staff of Rowlands Pharmacy, who always go the extra mile despite the hardships they are enduring.’

Staff have been put up in the Pharmacy of the Year category.

Manager Lauren Mills said: ‘It’s exciting to get nominated.

‘We’re still in the cabin and it’s been over nine months.

‘We think we will be able to move back into the building in May next year.

‘But for us the priority was to get up and running again so we could carry on serving the community.’

This year’s awards night, backed by radio station Wave 105, takes place on Friday, September 21, at Portsmouth Guildhall.

To nominate all you have to do is fill in the nominate form and return it back to us by June 29.