Open honour goes to Edith

Edith Ainsley cuts the ribbon with colleagues (left to right) Jacquie Luke, Debbie Forster, pharmacy manager Giorgio Garzon, area manager Simon Clark and Donna Wilson looking on. Picture by Doug Moody Photography.

Edith Ainsley cuts the ribbon with colleagues (left to right) Jacquie Luke, Debbie Forster, pharmacy manager Giorgio Garzon, area manager Simon Clark and Donna Wilson looking on. Picture by Doug Moody Photography.

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A long-serving member of staff was given the honour of opening a new look pharmacy.

Dispenser Edith Ainsley cut the ribbon to open the new-look LloydsPharmacy in North Shields, which aims to improve access to healthcare information and support.

Edith was chosen by her colleagues at the store in Albion Road because she has worked for the company for 40 years and is retiring at the end of the year.

Giorgio Garzon, pharmacy manager and pharmacist, said: “We’re excited by our transformation and hope people will feel more at ease talking to us about their concerns.

“We want to help local people to discuss their health problems and in return offer them the support they need.

“With skin conditions, a change in treatment and application techniques can make all the difference, which is why we have developed our skin advice service.

“With effective management, symptoms can be reduced and those with the condition can start to take back control of their life.”

He added: “We know many who suffer from long-term health conditions don’t always want to go to their doctor every time they have a question.”

The eight-strong team at LloydsPharmacy in Albion Road is experienced in dealing with the individual healthcare needs of local residents.

LloydsPharmacy in North Shields is open from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.