The pharmacy has been trading in Ballygar for almost a year since opening its doors at the end of October last year under pharmacist Catherine Healy.
Catherine has been a pharmacist in the County Galway town for the past seven years, having graduated from Trinity College, Dublin before completing her Masters at the Royal College of Surgeons and her pre-registration year with McGuinness’ Pharmacy, Roscommon.
Having worked alongside some excellent pharmacist mentors over the years, the Mount Talbot native returned to practice in Ballygar in 2014 and has been serving the community of Ballygar and surrounding areas ever since.
Ballygar Pharmacy is located between the Post Office, operated by Mary Delaney and team and the interconnecting Bees Knees Health Store, owned and managed by Majella Hannon. Majella and Catherine work closely to provide a comprehensive healthcare offering to customers, ensuring that any herbal and supplemental medication is safely dispensed and agreeable with any other medications being taken. Majella recently sampled wonderful success when she was awarded ‘Natural Health Retailer of the Year 2022’ by a panel of expert judges in the nutrition and retail industries. This was an outstanding achievement, particularly given that the competition was open to both chain-store multiples and independent retailers nationwide.
The pharmacy offers a comprehensive range of products and services and is far more than just a traditional business of its type. Catherine and Majella pride themselves on offering a professional, clinical service, in a friendly and amicable atmosphere, creating reassurance and confidence for patients when relaying their healthcare needs. Among the wide range of services offered by Ballygar Pharmacy are blood pressure checks, cholesterol testing, blister pack medication system, vaccination services, delivery service, photography printing and medications and healthcare information. Catherine has a particular interest in baby and young children’s health, since becoming a mother herself a couple of years ago, empathises with parents and aims to provide experienced advice in this area. As pharmacist, Catherine prioritises making herself available for medication counselling and healthcare advice and the private patient consultation area within the pharmacy allows for this to be conducted discreetly.
Over the past year Catherine and Majella have sought to establish a Wellness Hub on the premises. The following services are now available onsite: Reflexology with Maria Noone of Harmony Reflexology, Foot Care Clinic with Deirdre Moran Foot Health Practitioner and Nail and Brow Care services with Gemma Kelly of GemNails.