Pharmacists: how do you find working with other pharmacists when you are doubled up?
Lunch and Loo
Ian C: Uninterrupted lunches.
Emma R: I LOVE being a second pharmacist you can have a lunch break and go to the loo!!
@KeenPharmacy: Love it, lunch hour, shared workload and good conversation
Elaine M: Anyone else find that it makes them feel less confident?
Claire E: Yes I don’t like doing double cover, I always feel less confident.
Sally P: Yep always feel like have to check I do actually know the answer!
David M: As a locum, usually the branch manager sees double cover as a day off and sits In the consultation room all day, doing ‘paper work’.
Aiden M: I’ve only ever been the second pharmacist with double bookings. Not had one since taking over a branch but I hate it. Always felt like I’m being watched by the other one and ended up in a factory line clearing a three day backlog while the other gets to play with the customers.
Sian R: Double cover? Usually means someone’s messed up the rota!
Ann P: Seems like a strange question to me: I work in hospital most of the time and am therefore used to working with other pharmacists around me both in the dispensary and on wards. I like having someone to ask questions/bounce ideas off: the main problem I have is that if I ask one of our younger pharmacists a question they assume I’m setting them some diabolical test rather than the truth which is that I’ve genuinely forgotten the answer! I do remember that when I was newly qualified it was a bit unnerving to work with someone senior. I always imagined they were watching and judging me. I now know they were probably watching, but mostly to check I was ok.
Emma A: I love it, you can do an uninterrupted consultation without worrying about those waiting, what’s not to like!
Teresa S: I feel like I’m being spoilt! Being able to do an MUR without someone interrupting with 10 baskets of “waiters” for me to check would be bliss.
Johnny H: This is the norm in my Pharmacy! Makes MURs and Methadone clinics easier to do and not have a massive backlog when returning into the dispensary.
@wickerpharm: Good now. In days of old found neither would make a decision without consulting the other – then avoid anything contentious.
@sue_warman: I can only work with a few actually, only my husband. With others I always turn into a dispenser.
Meghana B: It’s good as long as the other pharmacist is NOT your husband
@Pharmusician: Great! Only have to do four things at once instead of eight.
Momina K: Love it! Half the work is done.
Depends on the other person
@clogsmypop: I used to love it. I wished it happened more!! (I am retired).assuming the other pharm was someone I clicked with. Some I just didn’t and then it was tumbleweed central..
Shveta V: I can’t say I’ve ever worked with an unknown or awkward pharmacist before.
@abitina: Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate because all I want to do is have a good natter with a fellow pharmacist.
@frandavi99: It’s immense fun and a fantastic opportunity for gossip. Don’t think the techs enjoy it quite so much though…
Find out what pharmacy staff think in the next blog….