Open day at new-look Moffat Pharmacy

January 28, 2010

Members of the local community were invited to visit Scotland’s oldest pharmacy – Thomas Hetherington in Moffat – for the official unveiling of its new look last Thursday (21 January).

After a consultation with the local townsfolk, the pharmacy’s owner, The Co-operative Pharmacy, has refitted the branch on Moffat High Street, to bring a number of improvements. These include a private consultation room and digital photography facility. 
The two ladies cutting the ribbon from left to right are Jean Cunningham and Catherine Robinson with members of the community and The Co-operative Pharmacy staff.

The branch was officially re-opened by long-standing customers, Mrs Jean Cunningham and Mrs Catherine Robinson from Dowding House who were presented with flowers.

Pharmacist and branch manager, Sylvia Moffat, conducted blood pressure checks for customers during the open day and these were well-received. This is an ongoing free service which is available to all customers.

Sylvia said: “The branch is now much more spacious but great care has been taken to ensure that key original features have remained intact and we have tried to retain the natural charm of the pharmacy. 

“We are delighted with the refit and hope that everyone will feel the benefits of the new services we have introduced as a result of the investment. Healthy living advice and the digital photography offering are proving to be popular additions to our services.”

The pharmacy’s high ceilings have been left untouched, in addition to some of the original signage inside the building.  The refreshed interior has incorporated modern wood blends to match existing materials and a display cabinet features traditional apothecary bottles and books.

Visitors to the pharmacy, which was established in 1844, also enjoyed refreshments and were given a Co-operative Pharmacy free advice pack, goodies and money-off vouchers.

As with all Co-operative Group businesses, customers can become members for just £1, and are then entitled to a share of profits based on their spending. Members get a point for every pound they spend in branches of The Co-operative Pharmacy, excluding prescriptions and baby milk.