Royals rate pharmacy

Image: Royal Family via Twitter.

The Royal Pharmacy has thanked the pharmacy sector for its work to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic

Using the #ThankfulThursday hashtag, the Royals highlighted the importance of the profession, pointing out that Queen Elizabeth is Patron of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the UK’s professional body for pharmacists and pharmacies.

“This #ThankfulThursday, we are paying tribute to pharmacists and pharmacies everywhere, who are working tirelessly to keep people healthy and safe, whilst under huge pressure,” the Royal Family tweeted.

“To all the pharmacies that are relied on by their local communities – thank you!”

The Royals noted in subsequent tweets that the Society has been “instrumental in providing COVID-19 guidance, producing posters for display in pharmacies, as well as wellbeing advice for those on the frontline”.

It also lauded the RPS for joining the @UKSAYSNOMORE initiative, which creates safe spaces in nominated pharmacies for victims of abuse during the isolation period.

The Royals also praised the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association, saying it has been a “lifeline” for teams across the Commonwealth.

“Whether you are working in community or hospital pharmacy, or helping pharmacies in another way, we say a huge thank you.”

The United Kingdom has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to date has lost a number of pharmacists, including Mehool Patel, Pooja Sharma and Jayesh Bhanubhai Patel, to the novel coronavirus.

This praise from the Royal Family follows that of Pope Francis a couple of weeks ago, in which the pontiff, having left pharmacists out of a previous thankyou to doctors, nurses and volunteers, singled out the profession for support.

“Let us #PrayTogether for pharmacists,” wrote the pontiff at the time.

“They are working hard, together with doctors and nurses, to help the sick get better.”

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