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Boots UK Pharmacist receives Medicines Counter Assistant Award

06 February 2020
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Anne Hand from Boots UK in Dungannon scooped the Medicines Counter Assistant Award at the Pharmacy in Focus Awards, in recognition for her outstanding customer service and exceptional work in the local community.  

In addition to her standard pharmacy duties, Anne works very closely with the diverse community in Dungannon, helping them understand how to make the best use of healthcare services available locally.

Boots in Dungannon is also the palliative care pharmacy for the local community and Anne frequently goes above and beyond her role to ensure vulnerable patients and their families’ get the best quality of care at all times. She is known to frequently visit the patients after-hours to deliver medication or simply to offer care and support to the patient and their family.

The Pharmacy in Focus Awards, which are the highlight of the community pharmacy year, saw more than 350 professionals gather at Crowne Plaza, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast on Saturday night to not only celebrate pharmacists’ achievements, but to dance and network the night away at the thirteenth annual UCA-NI Dinner.


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024