This STEMNET poster introduces Kandarp Thakkar who is Lead Pharmacist for Admissions and Discharge at the Hammersmith Hospital. He is pictured in an automated dispensary at Hammersmith Hospital, where medications are selected quickly by a robotic device.
“ When people think of pharmacy”, says Kandarp, “they picture someone behind the counter but there is a lot more to it than that and my job never involves being stuck in a dispensary.”
His average day starts with a round of the emergency admissions ward of the hospital, advising doctors on what kind of medication to prescribe. “It is very hectic and adrenalin driven and I get to work with a range of healthcare professionals including consultants, junior doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.”
Kandarp’s job requires a detailed knowledge of thousands of different medications, their chemical structure and possible side-effects. The best part of the job for Kandarp is the interaction with patients.
Photograph by Richard Cannon and provided by STEMNET.
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