The 40 minute drive to work was beautiful (we could have stayed closer, but are glad we didn't!). You follow a winding road through the forest of Rocky Cape National Park, before hitting the countryside; a long stretch of road with grassy paddocks on either side. Cows, horses, sheep, deer and even alpacas! Next you come to the coast road, with its calm ocean and rocky edges. So picturesque, even the traffic, what little there is, seems more patient than usual. Not surprisingly I arrive at work, my last day, feeling happy. But I'm also sad to leave. I have really enjoyed my time here. The staff asked me to stay but it's only March and I'm already cold...
I applied for the pharmacist locum at Good Price Pharmacy just days before we arrived in Tasmania. Had I not received the call from Amber the night before we sailed over on the Spirit of Tasmania, I know our trip would not have been the same. Originally the job was for 3 months. I explained I was only around for the month of March. They were happy for some help and I ended up working there over 3 weeks. The hours were flexible and I requested to work 3 or 4 days on, with 3 or 4 days off to explore. To my amazement they were fine with this.
This was the first example of the kind, easy-going natured people I met here. You wouldn't have guessed that just a month earlier they had merged 2 pharmacies together, their Priceline store and Good Price Pharmacy. This had also meant merging staff, about 30 of them, implementing new procedures and making plans to improve on what I thought was already a well run pharmacy.
ON THE JOB.
Procedure for taking in scripts involved filling in a sheet, and starting a timer and/or buzzer. Scripts are timed from when they are delivered to the dispensary to when the script is ready and called out. Sascha, the owner uses this to gauge how long customers are waiting and to improve work flow. He bought one of the worst operating pharmacies in Burnie, relocated it 3 times, before merging 2 stores . Good Price Pharmacy would likely be the busiest in Burnie now, despite there being a number of pharmacies close by. I found Sacha to be very business minded, passionate, and also down to earth and approachable. I will certainly take away a lot of what he said about the pharmacy industry. It's nice to get a different point of view, especially at at time when we are reading such nonsense about pharmacy in the media.
This pharmacy was huge. So much stock! There were plenty of cosmetics, rows and rows of nappies and baby formula and a whole section devoted to vitamins and natural health. Everything was merchandised excellently and even on my first day I was able to find where things were. I could write so much more about my time here. But I will finish by saying thank you to Sacha and Amber and all the awesome staff at Good Price Pharmacy. I had a great time meeting and learning from you all.