College lecturer and hospital pharmacist Owain voted the best in Wales

Hospital pharmacist and sessional lecturer at Swansea University's College of Human and Health Sciences has been voted Welsh regional winner of a competition to find the nation’s favourite pharmacist.

Renal pharmacist Owain Brooks, who teaches renal therapeutics on the Post Graduate certificate of non-medical prescribing, won the prestigious I Love My Pharmacist contest.

The competition, organised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, aims to raise awareness of the crucial role pharmacists play in healthcare and celebrates pharmacists who go the extra mile for their local community. 

Owain was initially shortlisted for his and his team’s outstanding contribution to the care of their patients. One project Owain is personally proud of is redesigning the after-care monitoring service for kidney transplant patients. 

He prescribes medication for renal patients on a daily basis and sets out to give patients the confidence to have greater command of their own wellbeing through a good understanding of their essential medicines.

Owain’s particular duties mean he is also involved in dialysis clinics held at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen as part of the regional renal service which is responsible for the prescribing, supply and monitoring of anti-rejection medication for kidney transplant patients from across West Wales.

A delighted Owain said: “My patients are my number one priority and I’m really touched and honoured that so many of them have come forward to vote for me.”

Owain added: “I want to make the public aware that pharmacists do more than just dispense and advise. It’s the quality time that I’m able to spend with my patients that really makes it all worthwhile to me.

"I would like to thank the renal team and pharmacy department at Morriston Hospital for all their encouragement. The support from my patients has been fantastic, and it’s a real honour to be part of a competition which highlights the great work pharmacists do.”  

Neal Patel, of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said: “Pharmacists are an integral part of every local health service and all the winners demonstrate dedication above and beyond the call of duty."