Working Life: Donal O’Sullivan, pharmacist, Boots, Macroom, Co Cork

Donal O’Sullivan is a pharmacist in Boots, Macroom, Co Cork. Here she tells us about a typical day.
Working Life: Donal O’Sullivan, pharmacist, Boots, Macroom, Co Cork

Donal O’Sullivan is a pharmacist in Boots, Macroom, Co Cork. Here she tells us about a typical day.


I’m an early bird and love to keep active. I get up early so that I can exercise for an hour and a half before I travel to work. I like to run. I also lift weights and use a rowing machine.

I have a 40-minute drive from Killarney to the pharmacy and love to listen to podcasts on the way. I get a bite to eat before I start work, usually something healthy.


Covid-19 has certainly impacted on how we carry out our service, but I find that our patients and customers have adapted well to this new reality. We are wearing personal protective equipment and have protective screens at till points and counters, which ensure adequate social distancing to safeguard ourselves and our customers.

Prescriptions are arriving incrementally by Healthmail — a secure emailing system for healthcare practices, by fax and also through our prescription ordering service via our Boots app, which is

easy to use and, again, ensures the safety and protection of our customers. We are working closely with doctors in implementing new regulations regarding increases in repeat prescriptions and facilitating patients with emergency supply of medicines.


For lunch, I usually bring in a salad. I try to keep hydrated and drink two litres of water during work.


I counsel patients a lot more now over the phone regarding their medicines and we are working with some local voluntary groups and An Garda to facilitate the home delivery of medicines to

patients when required.


I hop in the car and usually enjoy listening to another podcast

on the way home. When I get home, I wash my hands, change clothes and then we have dinner together as a family.


I like to get to bed early so that I’m ready for the day ahead.

I’m grateful that my wife Majella and our children — Oscar, 10, and Camille, seven — are in great spirits as we have our health and our jobs. I recognise the challenges some people are currently facing and am doing all I can to help at a local level.

Boots has been actively supporting local communities with a focus on supplying patients and customers with the prescriptions, advice and medicines they need.

Like everyone else working on the frontline, I am juggling the

challenges of work and family life, while trying to keep a healthy balance.

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