Johnston’s Pharmacy in Ballygar – providing care for all

Johnston’s pharmacies located in Ballygar, Lanesboro and Longford town, have recently entered into partnership with All Care Pharmacy in order to provide an even more extensive service to the community.

  I recently visited Johnston’s Pharmacy in Ballygar and was struck by the very customer friendly layout of the store. The supervising pharmacist, Catherine Healy, gave me the grand tour and highlighted the advantages the new partnership will bring.

  She said: “The partnership with All Care will enable us to offer even more services and extra benefits to the customer. It will be mean that we remain competitively priced with a wide range of products. We will continue to work very hard to ensure customers get the very best service possible.”

  Johnston’s Pharmacies have be re-fitted under the All Care brand which will enable customers to find products easier on the shelf as well as providing a bright and welcoming store within the community.

  Catherine said the staff and customers were delighted with the bright new look and she believes the pharmacy will continue to go from strength to strength.

  “We have had a new out-fitting and colour scheme with clear signs. This makes it easier for customers when they come in. We are a thriving community pharmacy and have built a very loyal customer base and we are looking forward to continuing our work with GPs and Home Care assistants to ensure that patients are getting the best possible care and that their needs are fully met. We offer a free medication management blister service which is availed of by many elderly patients and people who take multiple medications and we also provide a prescription delivery service where required.”

  As well as stocking a wide range of medicines, health care supplements, toiletries, blister packs and beauty products, Johnston’s also carry out blood pressure tests and vaccination services. Catherine said it won’t stop there and the company is looking to expand the services on offer.

  “In the future we will be looking into glucose testing and providing more opportunities to access allergy testing.

  “We have a very friendly and hard-working staff and we all work together really well so it lends itself to a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We have our technician Darina who is always sourcing fashionable products so that we keep up with the latest trends. Edel is another hard-working technician, Irene works front of shop and of course Orla too. Edel, is a native of Charlestown and all other staff members are from the local area.” Catherine added.

  Johnston’s truly is a community-orientated pharmacy and owner Gareth Johnston regularly sponsors the efforts of the Tidy Towns Association in Ballygar.

  Another unique selling point is the adjoining Bee’s Knees health store which means that the premises is very much a one stop shop for all your health care needs.  Bee’s Knees proprietor, Majella Hannon, told me that the adjacent businesses team up to provide all-round care for the community.

  “I can come in to Johnston’s and check that a product is suitable for a patient. We work in close collaboration to make sure that patients are getting the best possible advice.”

  Johnston’s Pharmacy is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm in order to allow the community to access services outside of their own working hours. Thanks to the new partnership with All Care Pharmacy, Johnston’s will continue to grow within the community it’s designed to serve.