APTUK presidentÂ helps pharmacies at the COVID-19 frontline
Liz Fidler, president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK), has paused APTUK business to enable staffÂ to assist pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After volunteering in a pharmacy last week,Â Ms FidlerÂ posted on social media: â€œJust completed a morning supporting my local community pharmacy. I am in awe of the professionalism and support being provided. The range of queries and assurance our pharmacy staff are giving the public is akin to triage at hospital front door.â€
Ms Fidler noted that some of the patients she had seenÂ â€œwere conflicted over self-isolation adviceâ€Â and that there were a number of general healthcare queries in addition to anÂ â€œunprecedented increase in prescriptionsâ€.Â
She praised the pharmacy staff she had worked with for remaining calm in the face of these pressures.
She advised anyone offering their services to pharmacies during the pandemic:Â â€œBe clear on your scope of practice, try not to get in the way. Itâ€™s a challenging time for frontline services and community pharmacy is definitely frontline.â€