Margate pharmacist wins top industry award
(Posted on 20/12/13)
A Margate pharmacist has won a prestigious award thanks to his innovative work in sexual health services.
Stephen Foster, Pharmacy Manager at Margate Pharmacy, won ‘Sexual Health Clinical Team of the Year’ at the General Practice Awards 2013 after pioneering a successful sexual health clinic.
Held at the Lancaster Hotel in London, the General Practice Awards celebrate excellence and achievements of teams and individuals within primary and community health care.
Stephen said: “It’s a real honour to have won this award. The work I’ve done over recent years in sexual health is something I’m particularly proud of, and it’s great to have it recognised.
“I helped develop a one-stop shop for sexual health services in the Broadstairs area, supported by a family planning nurse and a nurse practitioner. We provided emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, Chlamydia screening free condoms, advice, counselling, the provision of contraception and even STI testing, implants and injections. All in all, we offered more services than even the local family planning clinic.
“Between October to December 2011 there was a 26% drop in teenage pregnancy in the area, and a 50% drop in January to March 2012. This is something I was really proud to have been part of.”
Since taking up his role as Pharmacy Manager at Margate Pharmacy in 2013, Stephen is looking to roll out his successful services to patients in the Margate area.
Margate Pharmacy is open Monday to Saturdays 7am – 10.30pm, and 10am to 5pm on Sundays. Further information can be found by visiting www.margatepharmacy.co.uk or contacting Stephen on 01843 295878.