Judges' Special Award

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Commended for services to patients

Community Pharmacy-based Anticoagulation Clinic
by Cloyne Pharmacy

This is Ireland's first and, so far, only community pharmacy-based anticoagulation clinic. Based in Cloyne, the clinic was borne out of a need for patients to have their INR monitored locally rather than face a commute of 45 minutes to the nearest hospital-based clinic. The team has worked with local hospitals and is able to provide care that is more cost-effective than that provided by the secondary care setting. Recently there has been much interest in the community pharmacy-based service from healthcare bodies in Ireland such as The Pharmacy Regulator, The Health Services Executive, The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as well as the Centre for Pharmacoeconomics in Dublin.

Judges comment:

"This project is providing a commendable service to patients and has been transformational for rural Ireland and demonstrates outstanding commitment to patients."