Art college student gets leading role at Hartlepool pharmacy opening

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A FIRST year art and design student got the honour of officially opening a health trust’s new pharmacy.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s commercial arm called Optimus has opened its first shopping outlet - and there to cut the ribbon was Sami Howe.

The pharmacy is called Panacea and it is based at the University Hospital of North Tees.

The branding for it was designed by degree students from Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool.

The students are studying to work in the commercial world. The winning design was by first year student Sami.

Trust chief executive, and Optimus board member Alan Foster, said: “Panacea is the new outpatient pharmacy where people who have had drugs and medicines prescribed in our outpatient clinics can take the prescriptions to be dispensed. We hope in future we can dispense all prescriptions because this would be very handy for staff and other visitors.”

He said one of the advantages of the Trust being given the freedom to set up a venture like this was “the money stays in the NHS. We believe this will be a major asset for the University Hospital of North Tees and it will be popular with patients, visitors and staff.”

Panacea has its own pharmacist and will employ its own staff.