The CCG’s South West Locality Pharmacist, Sally Porter, has won a Shining Star Award at the Rotherham Retailer Awards 2015.
For over a decade, Sally and husband Andrew have owned and operated the Abbey Pharmacy in Rotherham. Throughout this time the business has faced plenty of challenges, not least a fire in 2011 which forced the pharmacy to close for eight months.
Four years later, the refurbished dispensary is now thriving in the town, with numerous awards to its name including: Pharmacy Business of the Year 2013, third prize in the Chemist and Druggist Platinum Design Awards 2014 and this latest individual accolade from the local Council and Rotherham Advertiser.
Sally was named one of the town’s ‘Shining Stars’ due to her commitment to the development and promotion of Rotherham. The CCG worker held Dementia Friends information sessions at the pharmacy, attended by staff and the town’s mayor and mayoress and has trained as a Dementia Friend Champion.
Aspiring to facilitate the creation of a dementia friendly town centre by engaging local businesses, Sally has spoken at a Local Pharmaceutical Committee event for South Yorkshire Pharmacies and a Rotherham Voice meeting, passionately advocating for better understanding of the disease.
Sally said: “NHS Doncaster CCG’s commitment to Dementia Friends inspired me to support our staff and encourage other businesses to help their customers live well with dementia. The day of the Retailer Awards marked our tenth anniversary of owning the pharmacy and we couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present!”
Abbey Pharmacy also won the Customer Service Award, capping off a monumental achievement for Sally, Andrew and their dedicated staff.
She added: “I chose to see the fire as an opportunity to improve our business. We redesigned the pharmacy, moving away from the traditional model and dedicating ourselves to providing excellent community healthcare. I think the positive focus of the awards is great for Rotherham and I’m really pleased our team have been recognised for the quality service they provide.”