Cardiff & Vale Health Charity is pleased to announce Gwawr Davies-Jones, Pharmacist and Pharmacy Superintendent/Owner of High Street Pharmacy Barry, servicing Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, has been crowned Health Hero for September.

In 2016, Gwawr and her business partner took over High Street Pharmacy in Barry. Whilst the business has continued to grow, they’ve upgraded the pharmacy and the clinical services available. More recently, the pharmacy has undergone a full refit to provide a more efficient dispensing service whilst still retaining some of its historic fittings and increasing the number of consultation rooms available to provide their clinical services from.

In 2021, Gwawr qualified as an independent prescribing pharmacist and has been offering an NHS funded minor ailment prescribing service from the pharmacy, alongside other community pharmacy services including Common Ailment Service, Sore throat Test and Treat, Contraception Services, and Flu vaccinations.

In 2022, the Pharmacy Independent Prescribing (PIP) service in community pharmacies was launched in Wales. This allows PIP pharmacists to offer accessible and on-demand clinical services for urgent minor illness conditions within their scope of practice.

Recently, during a routine appointment in the clinic, Gwawr quickly realised that her patient was rapidly deteriorating. Gwawr contacted the patient’s family and deduced that something more serious was happening. With utmost respect and care for the patient, she ensured they were transferred to University Hospital of Wales for ongoing care in the Intensive Care Unit.

Head of Community Pharmacy, Louise Allen said, “The Primary, Community and Intermediate Care Clinical Board would like to thank Gwawr for the ongoing level of service her pharmacy offers, and the level of care provided to her patients in this primary and community care setting. In particular, we would like to commend Gwawr for the support provided to a very poorly patient who needed urgent and emergency care, and subsequent admission to our hospital services.”

Gwawr will be Health Hero for the month of September and will receive a treat from sponsors Park Plaza Cardiff. She is delighted with the award nomination.

The Health Hero Award is supported by Cardiff & Vale Health Charity and Park Plaza Cardiff.

If you feel you know someone who has worked tirelessly to help a colleague or patient in healthcare settings throughout Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and deserves recognition then let us know about them.

To nominate your Health Hero: Email: 
Nominations must include: Your name, contact details, the nominee’s name and role, plus some words explaining exactly why you think they deserve to be crowned Health Hero.

If you have already nominated someone, they will be automatically entered into the next round for consideration for the award.

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