A new pharmacy has opened in London.
The new pharmacy will offer a range of medications and services in Irish, English and Welsh.
Liam McConaghy is one of the new pharmacists and says the new pharmacy is aimed at people in the area who have a problem with medication, but are also looking for a way to get in touch with their GP or pharmacist.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to get help,” he says.
“People can come to the pharmacy and have a consultation and see if they need any help with medication.”
He says it’s the first pharmacy in the country that will offer all the medications and supplies that the Irish language has to offer.
He’s not the first pharmacist to open up a pharmacy in London, with the likes of Lorna McConaill, who opened a pharmacy at the British Library in 2013, and David McConahy who opened an Irish language service at the Royal Society.
But McConacahy says he hopes to set up another pharmacy in Dublin in the coming year.
He says the aim is to help people in Ireland find their way through the Irish-language health system, with an emphasis on pharmacists.
“We have a shortage of pharmacists in Ireland,” he explains.
“If you have a job that doesn’t require you to speak English, we want to make sure you get the medication and then it’s up to you how you use it.”
In order to open a pharmacy, patients have to get a certificate from the Health Service Executive (HSE), a Health Service Improvement (HII) scheme and a pharmacist’s licence.
McConahys pharmacy will be a part of a larger health clinic at St Stephen’s Hospital, which is a large hospital with specialist pharmacies, medical units and pharmacies.
“I think it’s a real positive step for us as a pharmacy,” he concludes.
“We want to do the same thing as other Irish pharmacies, and help people get the help they need.”