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Judy Viitanen is ready to be ‘smoke-free’ with Stoptober!

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

After lots of nagging and encouragement from family and friends, PRimage director, Judy Viitanen has decided to stop smoking!  Judy has signed up with the new Stoptober campaign, which starts on October 1st. and will provide a range of free advice and support through Judy’s stop smoking attempt.

Stoptover is based on research that smokers are five times more likely to stay smokefree if they successfully make it through the first four weeks. The aim of the campaign is to target the nation’s 8 million smokers and give support and encouragement throughout the month to smokers who sign up.

Judy is looking forward to using the free mobile app and checking out the ‘Smokefree’ Facebook page for tips and advice.  And the daily text message will help with additional support and encouragement.

For more information, check online at: http://www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober/ Or ask your pharmacist for advice and a free support pack.  Good luck!

Pharmacy’s place in the new NHS

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

For anyone involved in the UK community pharmacy and pharma industry sectors, Judy Viitanen recommends checking out the useful and directional guide on the NHS reforms by the trade journal, C&D.  PRimage found it very helpful in understanding the bodies that will influence community pharmacy in the new NHS.  You can find the guide on the C&D website.


Day Lewis announces its commitment to the new Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Day Lewis, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy group, has today announced that they will for the first time pay the membership fee for their employee pharmacists, when the renewal for new Royal Pharmaceutical Society takes place at the end of February 2011.  This is a significant step for Day Lewis and signifies their support for the Society in its first 12 months as an independent professional body.

Day Lewis said that membership of the Society is important to encourage professionalism among its pharmacists and to ensure that they have access to the most up to date pharmacy information and guidance materials.  They recognize that their pharmacies need skilled, supported and motivated professionals to maintain Day Lewis’ commitment to helping people in the community to stay healthy and to feel better. Competitive advantage depends increasingly on quality services – and patients’ trust in the professionals delivering them and that trust helps to build customer loyalty.

Kirit Patel, CEO at Day Lewis Pharmacy told PRimage MD, Judy Viitanen:

“I passionately believe that it is important for pharmacists who want to see a ‘leading from the front’ organisation that they become part of the new professional body. I am clear about the benefits of joining the professional leadership body. I hope that other pharmacists will feel the same – and be aware of its value in enhancing their professional kudos and reputation.

I am a great believer that only through one unifying, strong voice will pharmacy ever be recognised and excel. For many years I have long held the opinion that we needed a robust, influential, supportive and unifying professional body that provided comprehensive leadership, and was recognised by its membership and external stakeholders as a leader and visionary in pharmacy affairs. am proud to join the new professional body – and I am confident that it will respect members’ views and aspirations, and support them professionally and educationally.”

Helen Gordon, Society Chief Executive said: “Pharmacists who work for Day Lewis will benefit from Society support and development.  This will ensure they have the knowledge and skills to provide the level of quality needed to encourage patient trust in pharmacy services. Day Lewis have shown a commitment to the profession by supporting pharmacist employees in this way and it is a great endorsement of how being a member of the Society is a fundamental part of a pharmacist’s professional identity.”

The 2011 membership year will start on 1 March.