Ever wondered what life as a Pharmacist might be like in rural Scotland? We speak to Katie Scott who took the plunge a year ago, and it is fair to say she is loving life up there!
I completed my pre-reg year in the middle of a global pandemic and was searching for opportunities to begin my career as a pharmacist, when I came across the advert for a community pharmacist role in the Highlands and thought, “Why not?”. It was quite a move, almost 5 hours driving and we arrived to the sun shining over the mountains of Skye. After the first few months of getting settled, we were back in a lockdown which meant; no visitors for me, no tourist in the pharmacies and not much to do on my days off. When it wasn’t bad weather, I would bag some Munros or run the Skye bridge and feel extremely lucky to be living here. In the Winter, those days were rare, and I was mostly running in the freezing cold rain. It was at these times where I would wish for the drier east coast! However, a lack of tourists (due to lockdown and the cold) allowed me to get to know the locals, who would visit the pharmacy monthly, weekly or sometimes daily and now I know many of them by name. This summer, with everything open once more, has brought new challenges of lost and forgotten medications and constant questions of what to do about the swarms of midges that take those who have not visited before by surprise. I have seen and treated many a tick and cleg bite and made use of the easiest out of hours referral service I have experienced for adventuring accidents. As my Munro list has grown, so has my love for the Highlands, especially Skye, and I’ll never tire of the views I can see on my lunch breaks.
If you would like to have a discussion about a role in rural Scotland then we would be delighted to speak to you.
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