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Pharmacist rushes to help victims of Manchester bombing

Khalid Ahmed spent four hours helping victims on Monday night
Khalid Ahmed spent four hours helping victims on Monday night

Pharmacist Khalid Ahmed went to Manchester Arena following the terrorist attack on Monday night to help the “traumatised” victims.

Mr Ahmed (pictured below) – superintendent pharmacist at online business Your UK Pharmacy – said he gathered “bandages and ibuprofen” from his premises in Cheadle, Greater Manchester and took them to the arena to “help support the victims”.

“I got there around 11pm, but we couldn’t go beyond the cordon line,” Mr Ahmed told C+D yesterday (May 25).

He described the “chaotic” scene when he arrived. “There were kids crying and people were traumatised and in shock,” he said. 

Helping the emergency services

Mr Ahmed explained how he wanted to provide support to the emergency services to “alleviate their pressure”.

"There were people who had left [behind] inhalers," he said. "I drove a patient to a midnight pharmacy."

He also described how there were a lot of children without their parents, who he directed towards police officers.

"You have to signpost the majority of the work to the healthcare professionals and the police," he added. "I had conversations with over 100 people."

"I [finished] about half three or four in the morning. It was a tiring experience – but a worthwhile one," he said.

"Being a pharmacist is not just a nine-to-five job. It was traumatic, but you have to take it on the chin.”

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed 22 people died and 59 were injured as a result of the attack.

Click here to donate to the Red Cross Manchester emergency fund.

4 Comments
Question: 
Has your pharmacy had to provide assistance in times of crisis?

Ilove Pharmacy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Tragic. RIP.

No need to to mention the name of the business as it comes across as a very cheap and distasteful advert. 

Mark Ashmore, Superintendent Pharmacist

So true, but that is what we have unfortunately come to expect from some contractors.

Sachin Badiani, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

Good story of help from pharmacist(s) and pharmacy.

Rest in Peace Manchester Bombing Victims.

Mark Ashmore, Superintendent Pharmacist

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