This unique award is a chance to celebrate the individual stories of pharmacists and pharmacy staff going ‘above and beyond’ for their patients, their team, and for the sector.
C+D readers had until Sunday, May 26 to view the 10 entries and vote for their favourite. Voting is now closed, and the winner will be announced at the C+D Awards in London on June 6.
The pharmacist whose symptom detection saved a patient with sepsis
Hassan Riaz went above and beyond by ensuring a patient got the medical help he desperately needed and could get safely home from hospital afterwards.
Pharmacist Hassan was alarmed by the symptoms of one of his elderly patients when he came into the pharmacy. “He was clearly disoriented, his eyes suggested jaundice, he had clear hypotension and was passing blood in his urine,” says Hassan.
He knew the man needed to get to hospital straight away, and called for an ambulance, even though the patient protested that he didn’t want to “trouble anyone”. The man was worried about how he would get home, as he had no family nearby, so Hassan gave him £10 for the return journey. While in hospital, the doctors gave up on him twice, but he ultimately survived.
A few weeks later, the patient returned, having had treatment for sepsis and jaundice. Thanks to Hassan’s action he is well and “adamant I saved his life”.