Just like many other professions in the world
today, pharmacy has the power to change people’s lives. From dispensing
over-the-counter medicines to the delivery of life-changing drugs to cure
various diseases, the weight of each individual’s wellbeing hangs heavily on
pharmacist’s shoulders. To become part of a large healthcare system which
delivers outstanding practice each day opens doors for many opportunities for
my future, and the possibilities are endless. One
thing that remains constant for a pharmacist is the passion to help sick
patients understand more about their medicines. Many patients rely on drugs in
their daily lives, but only a few know why. For this reason, I wish to study
pharmacy in order to one day be able to provide expert advice to patients and produce
the best quality of care alongside other professionals.
have particularly enjoyed learning about biological molecules in Biology and how these molecules affect the body and their importance
in all living things. Additionally, Chemistry has given me
knowledge of the composition of different molecules and their functional groups
and how these parts affect our bodies, which is an essential part of studying
Pharmacy. This also allowed me to see how Chemistry works in the real world. Also I have learnt important skills such as
recording accurate observations and then evaluating and analysing these
results. These are skills that are needed by all Pharmacists and that I’m sure
will aid me well during my time at university.
Equally, Psychology has given me an
understanding about how drugs can have psychological effects, such as the
antidepressants SSRI’s used for moderate to severely depressed patients. This will play a key part in working out
dosages of medication and knowing the quantities of each ingredient. These are
skills that I can apply to many problems occurring in Pharmacy, and I am
confident that what I have learnt will compliment my chosen career.
Attending a medical conference allowed me
expand my knowledge on sectors relating to medicine and healthcare. In
particular, a seminar on the importance of living a balanced, healthy lifestyle
showed the significance of taking care of our health on our quality of life. My
work experience at a local pharmacy was an informative experience. I was able to
give advice to customers and also help them with their enquiries, developing my
communication skills. This gave me a
valuable insight into how pharmacy is becoming more firmly focused on patient
interaction and strengthening the pharmacist-patient relationship. I was
fortunate enough to undertake an observational pharmacy placement with Princess
Alexandra Hospital. I observed departments such as dispensary and also ward
rounds with the pharmacy technicians and saw how outpatient prescriptions were
dispensed by a numbered ticketing system. In-patient medications were made directly
to various wards and departments where the drug charts and medical history of
each patient were checked and I realised how crucial effective communication
between GP’s, doctors and pharmacists are for each patient.
It fuelled my enthusiasm to take
my future career into a hospital environment one day and progress further in
the near future.
For the past 4 years, I have been playing the
keyboard which has become a key factor in helping me relax more in adjusting to
the jump from GCSE’s to A-levels. In turn, this allows me to bring my focus
into a more positive activity.
I look forward to the
challenges that lie ahead of me and I’m ready to commence the next stage of my
academic life. I believe that I will go above and beyond my
capabilities during my time at university; allowing me to express and develop
my abilities in all ways possible.