Pharmacist Paul has the right formula for Best of Health awards

Paul Pendergood (left) and staff.
Paul Pendergood (left) and staff.

A PHARMACIST is hoping to lift an award for a second year in a row after being nominated for a Best of Health honour.

Paul Pendergood, 32, proudly lifted the trophy in the Pharmacist of the Year category of last year’s Hartlepool Mail-backed competition.

And he’s back in the running after a member of the public described him as “always putting his customers first”.

They added: “He shows real concern when talking to you about any health problems and is up-front when advising on health issues.”

But modest Paul, who has worked at the Clayfields Pharmacy in Oxford Road, for five years, was keen to pass on the praise.

He said: “I wasn’t expecting this but it is great to be nominated and it is down to the excellent customers and patients that we have.

“We are proud of them and we provide them with a service that we are happy to give. It is really nice to be recognised but it is down to them.”

A second nomination for Paul said: “He is dedicated to his work. You always find him very pleasant and willing to listen and help with people’s concerns.”

And a third member of the public praised Paul for even taking the time to help his customers after the pharmacy had closed.

They said: “How many pharmacists would come running out of the shop after closing on a Saturday afternoon and asking how they could help with medication.”

The nominations just kept coming for Paul, with another one saying: “Nothing is too much trouble for him. His friendly, helpful approach to patients is very much appreciated.”

Paul joins an impressive list of entries in this year’s Best of Health contest. From doctors to midwives and GPs to carers, we have had worthy causes across the board but we want more.

We’re sure there are more doctors, nurses and carers out there who deserve to be in the running.

We also want to hear about the excellent work which is being done by dentists, teams, pharmacists, optometrists, and midwives.

Anyone who has given long service to the health profession, or who is just starting out in the industry, can also be nominated.

To nominate, either fill in the form on this page, or visit the Hartlepool Mail website and follow the link on the home page.