Capital chemistry was right for Alan

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Alan Glauch, a local pharmacist, is celebrating 30 years of dedicated service.

Mr Glauch is proud to have been dispensing medicines and health advice to the local community of Craigmillar for the past three decades.

Originally from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, he was educated locally then went on to study at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen for a degree in Pharmacology.

After graduating in 1979 he completed his pre-registration training with R Gordon Drummond. He managed various branches culminating in Wester Hailes, before buying his own pharmacy, John A Smith Pharmacy, in 1984.

Mr Glauch was elected to Lothian Pharmacy Contractors Committee in 2001 and three years later became chairman of the LPCC. He has been a supplementary prescriber since 2007, specialising in diabetes. He has also held the position of director of Scottish Drugs Forum and is currently managing director of Edinpharm, an independent group of community pharmacists.

Over the last 30 years Mr Glauch has introduced various innovative services into the pharmacy on Niddrie Mains Road in Craigmillar.

He said: “We are very proud of what we’ve achieved here and how the pharmacy has achieved a growing significance in the healthcare and welfare picture.

“We think that three decades as part of life on Niddrie Mains Road is worth celebrating. Over that time, health provision has changed enormously and the community pharmacy has assumed increasing importance within the NHS, and in people’s lives.”

Mr Glauch and his team pride themselves on their excellent community service and take extra measures to deliver medicines to the housebound. They offer stop smoking consultations, medication reviews for chronic conditions, and specialist diabetes advice.

Lindsay Wills, who works with Mr Glauch at the John A Smith Pharmacy, said: “It’s a large community that we have to deal with here and so we have to offer a wide range of services and Alan really is the driving force behind that. He takes a very active role within the pharmacy.

“It can be very busy work but it’s also quite rewarding. Alan’s a friendly guy and he’s always here to help out, he still works here regularly even though he has other commitments.”

Mr Glauch added: “There’s no doubt a pharmacy is often the first place someone will access healthcare.

“The team’s training and experience reflect that. We are delighted to meet the needs of our community with first-class professional healthcare. As a team, we’ve had to change our spots to go with the times, and I’ve tried to embrace the direction of travel.

“We would like to thank all our customers and patients over the years and look forward to helping take care of them in the future.”