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The Above and Beyond Award

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 have until Monday, August 24 to view the nine shortlisted entries and vote for their favourite. The winner will be announced at the C+D Awards in London on December 14.

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Tony Schofield

Flagg Court Pharmacy, South Shields

The pharmacist who saved a patient with CPR

Tony Schofield went above and beyond when he bought time for a dying man so that he could make peace with his estranged family.

When a patient on a mobility scooter who had been having trouble breathing fell unconscious in Flagg Court Pharmacy in South Shields near Newcastle upon Tyne, contractor and superintendent pharmacist Tony jumped into action. He couldn’t detect a pulse on the man, so he moved him onto the ground with the help of a receptionist at the adjacent health centre, Lisa Patterson (pictured above). 

Tony administered CPR to the patient while another staff member phoned an ambulance.

“After being qualified for 40 years and attending first aid courses every three years or so, I got my first chance to use those skills properly,” says Tony.

The man went on to live long enough in intensive care for him to speak to his estranged family, who sent Tony a letter of gratitude.

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