Barnton pharmacist shortlisted for national award

Sally Arnison has helped make her Barnton Pharmacy 'dementia friendly' over the past five years. Picture: supplied
Sally Arnison has helped make her Barnton Pharmacy 'dementia friendly' over the past five years. Picture: supplied
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A community pharmacist has been shortlisted as a regional finalist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist Award.

Working in Barnton Pharmacy & Travel Clinic for five years, Sally Arnison, 43, has been recognised as a pharmacist who goes the extra mile for patients in her local community.

Now into its third year, the award celebrates the exceptional contribution pharmacists make to patient care every day throughout Great Britain.

Sally has been shortlisted as a regional finalist because of her dedication over the past five years to make her pharmacy “dementia friendly”.

She approached Alzheimer Scotland and arranged for the charity to train all her staff, who are now “dementia friends”.

However, Sally took it even further and involved local shops to do the same and invited Alzheimer Scotland in to use the pharmacy consultation room to speak to people who were worried about their memory or who had received a diagnosis of dementia.

Sally and her team has also worked hard to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland – Sally even ran the London Marathon and raised more than £2000 for the charity, literally running those extra miles for her patients.

Sally said: “I am so pleased to have been shortlisted for the I Love My Pharmacist Award for the work my team and I have put our all in over the past five years.

“Our work has made such a difference in our local community and working closely with fellow health colleagues also means I can help patients in their local community and support their continued independence rather than risk them having to be hospitalised.”

Maggie Scrugham, from the North-west Edinburgh Dementia Coordination Group, said: “Sally’s input into our group has been enthusiastic and thoughtful, and has contributed greatly to discussions about the ways in which care of people with dementia can be improved by multi-disciplinary working and improved communication between professionals and carers.

“She has brought a unique pharmacy perspective which has been invaluable, and it is obvious that she has a genuine commitment to helping transform Cramond and north-west Edinburgh into a dementia-friendly community.” 
Alex MacKinnon, director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, said: “Pharmacists are an integral part of our health service. Having access to expert medicines and lifestyle advice on their doorstep as Sally has provided from her Barnton Pharmacy is invaluable to patients and other healthcare professionals alike.”

To vote for Sally as the regional winner, visit or vote in her pharmacy. Voting closes on Thursday, July 21.