Top award for Maghaberry pharmacist

Nigel Walsh, Ulster Bank presents the Young Community Pharmacist Award to Aaron Courtenay of Maghaberry Pharmacy.
Nigel Walsh, Ulster Bank presents the Young Community Pharmacist Award to Aaron Courtenay of Maghaberry Pharmacy.
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Maghaberry’s community pharmacist has been named Young Community Pharmacist of the Year at the Pharmacy in Focus Awards.

Aaron Courtenay was the recipient of the Ulster Bank-supported award at Northern Ireland’s leading awards ceremony - the highly-esteemed annual Pharmacy in Focus awards.

The village of Maghaberry has joined with its local, well-known pharmacist, Dr Kate McClelland, to celebrate Aaron’s success.

Although Aaron is a PhD student at Queen’s University, he continues to work for Maghaberry Pharmacy as a locum.

He recently organised the first health promotion week at the pharmacy, coordinating every element of the week, which attracted a significant number of people to the pharmacy for a health check.

Accepting his award, he said: “I am so flattered to be honoured in this way by my peers and colleagues. The Pharmacy in Focus Awards are great at giving such needed exposure to community Pharmacy.

“I am delighted to be involved.

“I am here tonight with Magheberry Pharmacy, who I am working with whilst also completing my PhD and who have been giving me invaluable leadership and training.

“I am also enjoying the opportunity to be able to step back and look at Pharmacy more holistically to assess what is happening and what challenges and opportunities there are to improve patient care.

“It is tremendously positive for the profession to be represented in this way tonight.”

The Pharmacy in Focus awards, which are the highlight of the community pharmacy year, saw more than 500 professionals gather at Belfast’s Ramada Plaza Hotel at Shaw’s Bridge to not only celebrate the awards, but to dance the night away at the ninth annual Ulster Chemists’ Association’s President’s Ball.