The small village of Bishopstoke might seem an unlikely setting to find Britain’s best pharmacist but Sultan Dajani , who runs Wainwrights chemist at Riverside, has just won the title in a competition organised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in conjunction with Woman’s Weekly magazine.
Sultan, also known as Sid to his customers, is just one of 40,000 pharmacists in the UK but the RPS and readers of Woman’s Weekly believe he is the pharmacist who does the most for his community.
Eastleigh’s Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Tony Noyce and wife Janice were at the pharmacy on Monday to present Mr Dajani with a plaque.
A clearly delighted Mr Dajani said it was hard for the news to sink in and paid tribute to his staff saying the award was a result of teamwork.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society says the competition shows that pharmacists are not just pill dispensers but actual care providers and patients should make a trip to the pharmacist a first port of call for many ailments.
Mr Dajani showed the Mayor and Mayoress his consulting room where he advises patients confidentially on a variety of topics and conditions including weight control and also on their medication.
In many cases Mr Dajani can prescribe medicines and he is also able to perform a range of blood tests and vaccinations.
Most of all Sid says he believes that taking a personal interest in patients is all part of the service.
With NHS resources under pressure and GP waiting times getting longer it seems more people will be turning to Independent community pharmacists like Sid for help in future.