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Haven Pharmacy and Irish Mens Sheds announce multi-year partnership

IndePharm, the co-operative group of pharmacies, trading under the Haven Pharmacy brand has announced its intention to partner with the Irish Mens Sheds Association in a multi-year sponsorship agreement. All members of the IndePharm co-operative are working pharmacists embedded in their own local communities – many for generations.

The announcement was made jointly by IndePharm Chairman, Keith Brennan, and Irish Mens Sheds CEO, Barry Sheridan, at IndePharm’s recent AGM in Kilkenny. “Our co-operative ethos is to help to improve the health and well-being of patients and customers in our local communities. Irish Mens Sheds complements this through its programme of activities focused on men meeting to improve their own wellbeing by keeping physically, mentally and socially active” said Keith Brennan.

IndePharm plans to significantly increase its network of pharmacies from its existing 52 Haven Pharmacy stores over the next few years. This ambitious plan is supported by a detailed programme of member supports and initiatives to further improve buying opportunities; upgrade technology platforms; build the Haven Pharmacy brand to drive enquiries to its digital channels and increase footfall in its pharmacy stores.

Irish Mens Sheds is a registered charity focused on supporting a grassroots network of sheds, workshops and meeting places for men of all ages. There are 350 sheds in 150 towns with 10,000 members across Ireland. Its patron is President Michael D Higgins.

IndePharm will provide central funding and advisory services to Irish Mens Sheds and this will be supported by Haven Pharmacies in local communities through the promotion of Health and Wellness awareness initiatives. Developing strong local ties with Mens Sheds members and their families will be actively encouraged.

 

Barry Sheridan, Irish Mens Sheds CEO, commented:
‘The IMSA is delighted to partner with IndePharm and Haven Pharmacy. This is a practical, mutually beneficial partnership which has one key focus – working together to deliver better health to communities throughout Ireland. While our member sheds cater specifically to men, the knock-on benefits to families and communities are huge, and this partnership can only strengthen those gains. Men’s sheds are grassroots, member-focused and rooted firmly in communities, so there’s an obvious synergy with IndePharm. This partnership has real potential to build on the strengths of both organisations to the benefit of Irish society as a whole’.

 

haven-mens-shedsIndePharm Chairman, Keith Brennan (left) with Mens Sheds CEO, Barry Sheridan (right)
at the announcement of a new multi-year partnership.

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Haven Annual Awards 2015

Haven Pharmacy celebrated it’s second annual Haven Pharmacy awards night on Saturday 21st November in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Carlow.  With Brian Ormond returning as MC and surprise guest Oliver Callan as entertainment it was a great success.

Attended by 400 pharmacists, staff, employees of Haven Pharmacy co-operative the night was a chance to acknowledge the hard work and recognise those who have excelled in the implementation of the Haven brand in their pharmacies.

A special thank you to all our sponsors – Clonmel Healthcare, Omega Pharma, United Drug, Cosmetic Active, UniPhar, Reckitt Benckiser, Glaxosmithkline, Ulster Bank, Fleming Medical, Meda, HMR, PCO, Visualise, Teva, Parle & Hickey, Naturalife, Sam McLernons, Ocean Healthcare. Premium Shop Fitting and PKF.

We were delighted to have raised approx. €5,400 for our chosen charity on the night Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

Congratulations to the winners in each category as shown below and to the nominees on their achievement.

  • Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Clonmel Healthcare

Haven Pharmacy Hickey’s, Rush, Dublin

  •  Customer Services Team of the Year – sponsored by Omega Pharma

Haven Pharmacy Brennan’s, Taylor Lane, Ballyboden, Dublin

  • Dispensary Team of the Year – sponsored by United Drug

Haven Pharmacy Connolly’s, Dungarvan, Waterford

  • Haven Ambassador of the Year – sponsored by Cosmetique Active

Sarah O’Sullivan, Haven Pharmacy Butlers Birr, Offaly

  • Pharmacy Services Team of the year – sponsored by UniPhar

Haven Pharmacy Murray’s Killiney, Dublin

  • ront of Shop Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser

Haven Pharmacy Kennelly’s Tralee, Kerry

  • Top 5 and Brand Application of the Year – sponsored by Glaxosmithkline

Haven Pharmacy Moloney’s Ballyfermot, Dublin

  • Newly Branded Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Ulster Bank

Haven Pharmacy Burkes, Macroom, Cork

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Opening of Haven Pharmacy Duleek

Congratulations to Tom and Kathy Maher and their team on the newly opened re-branded Haven Pharmacy Duleek. Haven Pharmacy Duleek is the 42nd Haven branded store to open as part of the Haven Pharmacy co-operative group, offering their local community expert advice combined with fantastic value.

Haven Pharmacy Duleek

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Haven Pharmacy Awards

The Haven Pharmacy Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday 8th November in Lyrath Estate, Co Kilkenny. It was hosted by RTE’s Brian Ormond and was attended by 300 pharmacists, staff and employees of the Haven Pharmacy Co-operative along with industry and trade guests. Awards were presented in eight different categories including Pharmacist of the Year, Pharmacy of the Year and Haven Brand Ambassador of the year. Recognition was also given to those pharmacies nominated in each of the categories and over € 3,600 was raised on the night for the Laura Lynn Foundation. Haven Pharmacy is now celebrating its first anniversary since the first Haven Pharmacy opened its doors in December 2014. Since its launch Haven Pharmacy has been going from strength to with fifty one pharmacies in the group employing 150 pharmacists and over 400 staff.

 Haven Pharmacy Hickeys, Rush (Winners Team of the Year) Back to front, left to right: Niamh Doherty, Jamie Phillips, Jason Doherty, Nicola Cash, Eilish Ferguson, Clare Rafferty, Amy Cash, Tanya Ryan, Emma O’Brien, Anne Barnett, Pauline Doyle
Haven Pharmacy Hickeys, Rush (Winners Team of the Year) Back to front, Left to Right: Niamh Doherty, Jamie Phillips, Jason Doherty, Nicola Cash, Eilish Ferguson, Clare Rafferty, Amy Cash, Tanya Ryan, Emma O’Brien, Anne Barnett, Pauline Doyle

 Haven Pharmacy Monkstown (Winners Most Improved Pharmacy 2014) Left to Right: Lorraine Redmond,  Sinead Blake, Roma O'Loughlin, Clodagh Hurley, Janet Redmond, Jacqui Lyons, Jessica Gilroy
Haven Pharmacy Monkstown (Winners Most Improved Pharmacy 2014) Left to Right: Lorraine Redmond, Sinead Blake, Roma O’Loughlin, Clodagh Hurley, Janet Redmond, Jacqui Lyons, Jessica Gilroy

 Haven Pharmacy Greenes Rathfarnham (Winners of Best Merchandised Pharmacy of the Year and Best Top 5 & Brand Application Pharmacy 2014) Left to Right: Orla Dempsey, Jennifer Browne, Laura Greene, Nessa Greene, Geraldine Moroney, Aishling Keane,Eileen O'Mahony, Caroline Devlin
Haven Pharmacy Greenes Rathfarnham (Winners Best Merchandised Pharmacy of the Year and Best Top 5 & Brand Application Pharmacy 2014) Left to Right: Orla Dempsey, Jennifer Browne, Laura Greene, Nessa Greene, Geraldine Moroney, Aishling Keane,Eileen O’Mahony, Caroline Devlin

 Haven Pharmacy Moloneys, Ballyfermot Left to Right: Karl Bingham, Antoinette Kelly, Ailbhe Canney, Linda Buckley, Joanne Murphy (Winner Haven Ambassador of the Year), Keith Brennan, Katarzyna Krzysztalowicz, Claire Foley, Melissa O’Donnell, Robyn Doyle
Haven Pharmacy Moloneys, Ballyfermot Left to Right: Karl Bingham, Antoinette Kelly, Ailbhe Canney, Linda Buckley, Joanne Murphy (Winner Haven Ambassador of the Year), Keith Brennan, Katarzyna Krzysztalowicz, Claire Foley, Melissa O’Donnell, Robyn Doyle

 Haven Pharmacy Kennellys, Tralee Left to right: Abbi Sheridan, Helena Rusk, Owen Daly (Winner Pharmacist of the Year), Lorna O'Leary
Haven Pharmacy Kennellys, Tralee Left to right: Abbi Sheridan, Helena Rusk, Owen Daly (Winner Pharmacist of the Year), Lorna O’Leary

 Haven Pharmacy Hickeys Rush (Winners of Pharmacy of the Year) Left to right: Claire Rafferty, Niamh Doherty, Pauline Doyle, Nicola Cash, Amy Cash, Eilish Ferguson, Jamie Phillips, Tanya Ryan, Georgina Moore, Nicola Cooper, Emma O’Brien, Anne Barnett
Haven Pharmacy Hickeys Rush (Winners of Pharmacy of the Year) Left to right: Claire Rafferty, Niamh Doherty, Pauline Doyle, Nicola Cash, Amy Cash, Eilish Ferguson, Jamie Phillips, Tanya Ryan, Georgina Moore, Nicola Cooper, Emma O’Brien, Anne Barnett

Brian Ormond, Presenter on the Night
Brian Ormond, Presenter on the Night

Barry Fitzpatrick (Clonmel Healthcare), Owen Daly (Chiarman of IndePharm), Juan Fravega (Procurement Manager IndePharm), Padraig Cronin (United Drug) and Mark McInerney (General Manager IndePharm)
Barry Fitzpatrick (Clonmel Healthcare), Owen Daly (Chiarman of IndePharm), Juan Fravega (Procurement Manager IndePharm), Padraig Cronin (United Drug) and Mark McInerney (General Manager IndePharm)

Juan Fravega, Karen O’Neill, Owen Daly and Mark McInerney of IndePharm
Juan Fravega, Karen O’Neill, Owen Daly and Mark McInerney of IndePharm

Juan Fravega, IndePharm and Niall Faul of Omega Pharma (Sponsor)
Juan Fravega, IndePharm and Niall Faul of Omega Pharma (Sponsor)
Juan Fravega, Karen O’Neill, Owen Daly and Mark McInerney of IndePharm

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Pharmacists need more support on frontline – as role in patient care intensifies

  • New pharmacy co-operative, Haven Pharmacy, is calling for more recognition and support for local community health
  • New research shows that 61% of patients are going to their local pharmacist first for advice on both chronic and minor ailments
  • €2 million investment in rebranding of the group’s 40 local community pharmacies

Daragh Connolly, Chairman of Haven Pharmacy, the new co-operative pharmacy group, is calling on the HSE to recognise and support the increasing role the pharmacist plays in managing the health of local communities.

“We are becoming the first port of call for patient’s health matters and this is growing not just for minor ailments but in helping to better manage chronic conditions such as cardiovascular illness, asthma, diabetes“ said Connolly. “ It’s a big responsibility which we are more than qualified to deliver but we need the support to provide better health screenings in our pharmacies and an overall improved health service at community level.”

“The government’s Healthy Ireland initiative is looking to empower communities to make healthier choices but part of these choices will be informed by an increased relationship and dialogue with health professionals. The local community pharmacist is in a unique position to deliver on this. They have the local knowledge, they have the expertise and they already have a level of rapport and trust with the patient – and importantly their door is always open. The research we have conducted strongly highlights the true impact of the pharmacist’s role” said Connolly.

The Haven Pharmacy research was conducted in 43 local community pharmacies across Ireland. A total of 1100 interventions – consultations not relating to doctors’ prescriptions – were analysed between a patient and the pharmacist across the course of a week (Mon 12th –Sat 17th) in May 2014. Results highlighted the following:

  • 61% of patients were consulting their pharmacist about a symptom that the GP was not aware of
  • 73% of interventions resulted in treatment from the pharmacist and 24% were referred to GP
  • The majority of interventions were with women (47%) followed by men (32%) and a parent with a child under six years (21%)
  • Interventions were reasonably balanced between chronic ailments (43%) and minor ailments (57%)
  • The most common minor ailment was respiratory coughs and colds (17%)
  • Cardiovascular illness was fourth on the list of most common chronic ailments before infection and respiratory (fifth) and after gastrointestinal (third)

“One of the most significant statistics in the research is the number of patients coming to us about cardiovascular ailments, whether this was related to blood pressure or cholesterol or a related symptom” said Connolly. “Cardiovascular disease accounts for 33% of deaths in Ireland and the pharmacist can play a significant role in prevention and detection through more education and more screenings. One of our main objectives at Haven Pharmacy is to draw on our shared expertise and knowledge so we can deliver this at local level for better patient health management and health education. There’s no reason why health screenings shouldn’t become common place in all pharmacies – but we will need government and regulatory support.”

“We already know the success that flu vaccinations can have in pharmacies. We need to learn from this and recognise that the pharmacist plays an important role in community health – as we all work as one team to build a healthier Ireland” said Connolly.

Haven Pharmacy is the new brand created by the Indepharm Co-operative Group for its 46 local, independent community pharmacies based all over Ireland. €2 million has been invested to date in the rebranding of 40 pharmacies and another six pharmacies are due to be rebranded by the end of 2014. The group is the leading, fastest growing independent co-operative pharmacy group in Ireland with over 100 pharmacists, over 300 staff, practising in urban and rural areas – and dispensing more medicines than any other pharmacy group in Ireland.

Regular health screenings, health talks (inc. cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure) and research will be a major part of the group’s overall professional service as well as on-going value offers and promotions: Haven Hot Spots and Haven Top 5.

Haven Pharmacy is focusing on local consumers who are looking for expert advice and regular offers – delivered personally by their own local pharmacist – who many of them have known and served for generations. Each of the pharmacies will remain an integral part of their local community with the autonomy to make decisions at a local level and tailor their offer for their customers –but with the backing of a national brand and national support.

Media enquiries
Ina Foley
+353 87 839 4000

Haven Pharmacy Intervention Research

Ten Most Common Ailments

1 Respiratory coughs and colds 12%
2 Minor skin ailments 12%
3 Eye, ear nose and throat (chronic) 8%
4 Respiratory – hay fever 8%
5 Chronic skin ailments 7%
6 Pain and fever 6%
7 Digestive tract 6%
8 Gastrointestinal 6%
9 Cardiovascular 4%
10 Child health 4%
11 Other 2%

Most Common Minor Ailments

1 Respiratory coughs and colds 22%
2 Minor skin 21%
3 Respiratory – hayfever 14%
4 Pain and fever 11%
5 Digestive tract 6%
6 Other 26%

Most Common Chronic Ailments

1 Eye, ear, nose and throat 19%
2 Chronic skin 17%
3 Gastrointestinal 13%
4 Cardiovascular 10%
5 Infection 8%
5 Respiratory 8%
7 Other 25%

Download the research charts & information here (PDF format)

 

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