Anna Pharmacy, a family-run pharmacy in Sutton which has been going for 30 years, has had a record number of patients through its doors asking for a flu vaccination.
The Numark pharmacy has delivered over 500 vaccinations and its pharmacist and manager Jaymil Patel (pictured) was ecstatic with their achievement.
“In 2013 we were one of the first pharmacies to take part in the first pan-London pharmacy enhanced service for flu vaccinations pilot scheme,” he said.
“At the time, approximately 1,100 community pharmacies were commissioned by NHS England (London Region) to provide the flu vaccination service. Pharmacies in London vaccinated approximately 70,000 people and we were delighted to be a part of this, contributing towards the well documented increase in the number of under-65s at risk groups and pregnant women vaccinated.
“Based on this success, NHS England re-commissioned community pharmacies in London to administer seasonal flu vaccinations in 2014/15. Since then our service has gone from strength to strength despite having a competitor directly opposite who also offer a flu service.”
He added: “The demand is out there to deliver a flu vaccination service. The key is ensuring communication channels are utilised effectively and the pharmacy team are trained adequately to convert both eligible and private patients.
“We have built all of our services around the local population and are currently preparing for HLP accreditation, training our HLP champion to further expand the number of services we offer and develop and establish a wide range of in-store health campaigns.”