Pharmacy Services

What to expect from your PCN Pharmacist

You can arrange an appointment with one of our PCN Pharmacists to discuss your medication.

They can carry out audits and reviews of your blood results to adjust your medication doses if required, Identify and address any medication related issues you may have, manage and prescribe medication if you have a long term condition, and discuss the best solution for any minor illnesses you have.

To see a Pharmacist within the GP surgery , book an appointment at your GP surgery reception. 

Please see the PCN Pharmacy Team below. 

PCN Pharmacists: Meet The Team

Negin MacDonnell

"I studied Pharmacy at Sunderland University and qualified as a pharmacist in 2016. I worked as a pharmacist manager of several community pharmacies since I qualified before deciding to move into a GP Pharmacist role in Jan 2021 .

 

I deal with a wide range of medication related issues which include working with GPs to review patients on complex medicines regimens and long-term conditions, triaging and managing common ailments, responding to acute medication requests and being the point of contact for medication related queries for patients, practice staff and other health care professionals within the practices that I work for.

 

I also support the practice medicine management teams by reconciling medicines following hospital discharge to ensure patients receive the medication they need post discharge. I am also involved in increasing the quality and safety of prescribing of medicines by carrying out audits and reviewing blood results to adjust medication doses if required. "

Emily Douglas

"I graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2013 and I have worked in General Practice for the last four years.

I completed my independent prescribing qualification in 2019 and have a special interest in cardiovascular disease.

 

A large part of my role involves identifying those at risk of cardiovascular disease and helping them to lower their risk through changes to lifestyle and where necessary medication. This includes identifying, treating and monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol.



I also work with the GPs and nurses reviewing patients on complex medicine regimens, triaging and managing common ailments, responding to acute medication requests, managing and prescribing for long term conditions, medication reconciliation from clinical correspondence and identifying and addressing medication related issues, to improve reductions in medicine related hospital admissions and readmissions."

Karly Bennett

"I Qualified as a Pharmacy Technician in 2019 and have over five years’ worth of experience working in community pharmacy. In July 2021 I decided I needed a new challenge so made the decision to leave community pharmacy and started my new role as PCN Pharmacy Technician, working for Gateshead Inner West PCN.

 

In this role, I deal with a wide range of queries including acute medication issues, such as out of stock medication,  bringing medication in sync and assisting patients with any queries. 

 

I am also responsible for completing hospital discharges on behalf of a number of GP practices and support the PCN multi-disciplinary team to ensure efficient medicines optimisation processes are being followed. Another part of my role sees me supporting practice reception teams in streaming general prescription requests which frees up time for GPs and Clinical Pharmacists to review the more clinically complex requests."