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The pharmacy was opened in response to the growing needs of the people in the Strangford area of County Down, Northern Ireland.

We aim to create an accessible focal point for the whole community by providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care, high quality, diverse products and competitive prices. With your support and loyalty we can make a difference to your health and well-being.

At Strangford Pharmacy, we provide a comprehensive pharmaceutical service for Strangford and the surrounding communities of Kilclief, Ballyculter, Audleystown, Bishopscourt and Ballyhornan.

 

About Pharmacist, Shane O’Hare MPS

 

Shane has worked as a community pharmacist in England and Northern Ireland since qualifying from The School of Pharmacy, London in 1997. Shane has a diploma in Supplementary Prescribing and offers extended pharmaceutical services such as –

Medicines Management, Medicine Usage Reviews MURs, Smoking Cessation, Monitored Dosage Systems (medicine trays), Minor Ailment Prescribing, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Blood Glucose Monitoring

 

About Pharmacist, Emma O’Grady MPS

Emma studied pharmacy at queens Belfast, graduated in 2012 with a first class honours degree.  She spent her Pre Reg year with Gordons Chemists, qualified and registered with the PSNI 2013.  She has been a locum for in Strangford Pharmacy since 2013/2014.

Our success in the community

Over the years Strangford Pharmacy has played a significant role in the village, helping out wherever we can in order to make positive change for the local community.  Here are just some of the highlights:

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In 2013 it looked like the medical centre which has served the local community for decades would soon face closure.

After a year of a hard fought battle we managed to save the surgery and it remains open to this day!!

The Down recorder had this to say :

“A CAMPAIGN to safeguard the immediate future of Strangford community clinic has received a major boost.

 


Two months after  treatment room services provided at the clinic were reduced, they have been restored to their previous levels by the South Eastern Trust. Weekly GP services which were moved to fortnightly provision have returned to their previous level due to current demand from patients.

 

…. Over 600 people signed a petition calling for the weekly services to return and campaigners also used the power of social media to create a dedicated Facebook page which secured 15,000 hits.”

 

Read more here ….

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The Swim for a defibrillator

 

The goal was to raise enough money to buy a defibrillator for Strangford village.  Having already raised money via social media, Strangford Pharmacy’s very own Shane O’Hare set his sights on the treacherous lough.  The premise was simple – if he could manage to swim across from Portaferry to Strangford he could raise enough money for the defibrillator, and perhaps enough for a second defibrillator for Kilclief.  In Shane’s own words:

“As a community pharmacist, I am only too aware of the needs of the village. We’re a rural area and cardiac events are not uncommon. Quick access to a defibrillator can be the difference between life and death.”

 

Shane believes it is vitally important to have an easily accessible defibrillator in the village, given its high percentage of elderly people.

 

“Heart attacks are not unusual and I believe it is important that people who suffer one have every chance to survive and access to a defibrillator will help. I am delighted with the money I have raised so far and hope others will support my fundraiser,” he continued.

 

“Once the defibrillator is in place people will know where to go should an emergency arise.”

Read more here ….

This turbulent stretch of water known as “The Narrows” is one of the fastest currents in Europe, hence the reason for the Electric turbine skewered bang right in the centre of it.  But Shane wasn’t perturbed, he waded into the water at Portaferry just after noon and climbed onto the pontoon in Strangford just 21 minutes and six seconds later!  The Down Recorder chronicled the momentous event:

“A 100-strong crowd was waiting at the jetty in Strangford and as Shane emerged from the water he was greeted by loud cheers from well-wishers.

“The swim was everything I expected it to be,” the pharmacist said afterwards. “I knew I had a 30 minute window to get across and want to thank Andrew Steenson who was in a boat beside me and kept me on course as the wind was making it hard to stay straight.”

His preparation for the event, which included clocking up the miles at the Down Leisure Centre swimming pool, paid off and while Shane set himself a target of £2,000 he more than doubled that.

“I was swimming against a prevailing wind which changed direction halfway across the lough which started whipping up the waves,” he explained. “The waves were pretty significant but I knew I had to keep going and there were no jelly fish or other obstacles along the way.

“The current kept turning me around but I kept going and was delighted to reach Strangford. I was really pleased with my time and as I approached the finish I could not believe so many people had turned out to support me.”

Read more here ….

Check out the photos of Shane’s swim!!!


Pharmacy in Focus Awards

Oh, and we won Pharmacy of the year 2018, but that’s a whole other drama ….

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Read about how we were awarded ‘Pharmacy of the Year 2018‘ here ….