Meet the Pharmacist - Pritesh

Cristian Halati

In the next instalment of our ‘Meet the Pharmacist Series’ we talk to Pritesh Dodhia Phlo’s Pharmacy Manager. Pritesh discusses his motivation behind becoming a pharmacist, why Phlo has the potential to disrupt the traditional pharmacy sector and the satisfaction he gets from helping Phlo’s patients.

What made you decide to become a pharmacist?  

I have always loved science and learning about why things work the way they do, this was especially true of medicines and medication. How medicines work is an area I find fascinating, combine that with being able to help patients made becoming a pharmacist the perfect career option.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  

The most enjoyable part of being a pharmacist is the satisfaction of helping people. This can be from helping patients with their medication, reviewing their dose to making sure it is safe, to talking to them about their prescriptions, their health and well being and generally providing relevant advice.  

What makes Phlo Digital Pharmacy different from Traditional Pharmacies?

In traditional pharmacies the emphasis is on patients to spend a lot of time on organising their medication, from time on the phone or visiting a pharmacy to request their medication, time in chasing up their prescriptions as well as time to go pick up prescriptions.  

At Phlo Digital Pharmacy the whole process is made much simpler. Patients can do all this from any device, from the comfort of their own home, with live updates through the whole process. This I believe can help reduce anxiety as the patient is kept up to date throughout the whole process.  Also, delivery to your chosen address is really convenient.

Being a pharmacist can involve a wide variety of tasks, tell us about your career so far.

Through my experience as a pharmacist there have been changes and challenges throughout the healthcare sector. There have been considerable burdens placed on pharmacists as well as doctors and nurses. In a previous role, to help with the burden on GP’s and Nurses I had set up clinics that varied from testing for bacterial infection for sore throats (where I could also provide antibiotics if the patient tested positive), or provide over the counter remedies to provide help if patient tested negative, to vaccinations to protect against shingles. There were in fact so many services offered that we were able to reduce some patients from needing to make appointments which helped the GP’s have more time to deal with more complex medical conditions.  

What motivates you, what are your core values?

I’m really motivated by anything related to innovation and improvement. My core values, honesty, compassion and transparency. I believe these are really important when it comes to anything related to patient care and people’s health.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  

Hiking, squash, and definitely eating. I like to spend time each and every day for self-reflection also.

We’d like to know about any hidden gems you’ve found in London  

There are many hidden gems within our lovely complex in Containerville - from Vegan Cafes, to hair salons with everything in-between.

Can you tell us about one easy change that you would recommend for someone to take care of themselves?

All you need is 20 minutes of physical activity a day to improve your health. Taking stairs instead of lifts, walking or cycling to work can all help meet this target.

Favourite quote/moto?

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” – Mother Teresa

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