A PHARMACY dispenser is celebrating 50 years of serving her community.

Barbara White is celebrating her 50th anniversary at LloydsPharmacy in Market Street, Atherton, this month.

Barbara, who was born and raised in Tyldesley started working for Mr Gregory’s chemist, as it was originally named, in 1972 as a sales assistant.

Since joining the chemist, Barbara has qualified as a pharmacy dispenser and she is responsible for maintaining medicines, assisting in dispensing prescriptions and supporting the pharmacist.

For 50 years Barbara has been a loyal and committed worker and has helped the Atherton community with their medicine and healthcare needs.

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Barbara played a crucial role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic too, working on the frontline in community pharmacy to ensure patients could access the care and health supplies they needed – particularly when access to other healthcare was restricted.

Barbra said: “I feel incredibly proud to celebrate my 50th anniversary with LloydsPharmacy and I can’t believe the fuss my team has made over me! 

"It has been a privilege to serve my local community over the years; the patients and colleagues, who became lifelong friends, have kept me so committed over the years.

"My plans for the next few years are to stay dedicated to serving the local community in Atherton and to help in every way that I can”.

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Regional manager John Devaney added: “Barbara is a joy to work with, she is great with our patients and customers, and is on first name terms with most of them.

"Her professional attitude, fantastic work ethic and friendly and caring way makes her a great colleague to be around. I feel so privileged to be able to share this fantastic achievement with her.”