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Monday, 20 October 2014

Ex-banker hopes to cash in at pharmacy awards

A hospital worker who swapped money for medicine has been nominated for a regional award.

Sarah Teasdale traded in her banking career to pursue pharmacy and has been put forward in the Best Personal Development and Achievement category in the North West Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician awards.

She works as a pre-registration pharmacy technician at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The 24-year-old, from Whitehaven, said it was a “total surprise” to be nominated by staff at Preston College, where she has been doing classes one day a week.

“I love my job – when I first saw it advertised, I thought, what a fantastic opportunity to retrain and do something completely new,” she said.

“I like to learn, and these past two years I have learnt so much, but you never stop learning in this job. People think being a pharmacy technician is just sticking a label on a box of tablets but there’s so much more to it than that. I counsel patients, check their medication is okay, make drugs up for chemotherapy, and also dispense as well.”

Sarah, originally from Workington, will complete her initial training at the end of August.

The awards ceremony will be held in Manchester on September 25.

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