Brook Pharmacy in Halifax is celebrating after being awarded the 2014 SMART Award for Health Care Innovation.
The coveted prize was presented to the pharmacist manager, Sandra Cooper, and directors Dr Devendra Shah and Dr Robert Andrew, by the chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association, Mr Mike Holden, alongside the editor of Pharmacy Magazine, Richard Thomas.
In July 2012, Brook successfully attained the second level of Healthy Living Pharmacy service accreditation, which made them a community pharmacy able to provide services aimed at reducing health inequalities and addressing local public health challenges.
Mrs Cooper, who has worked there for 15 years as a locum and 5 years as manager, said: “We are working very hard to turn Brook Pharmacy into a centre of excellence locally, and winning the SMART Award is a big step.
“The whole team is involved in delivering the advice we give on healthy lifestyles, with each member of staff specialising.
“We now give advice on maintaining a healthy diet, we run an alcohol brief intervention service, stop-smoking treatments, weight management advice, medicines usage reviews, a service for patients taking regular new medicines for the first time,
“Training and development of our staff, some of whom can speak Punjabi, is also an important aspect of our service.”