A Bristol contractor has been named Pharmacist of the Year at an annual awards ceremony honouring excellence in primary care.

Ade Williams of Bedminster Pharmacy in Bristol won the accolade among stiff competition at Friday's (30 November) 10th annual GP Awards at a glitzy ceremony held at the Park Plaza Westminster hotel in London.

The GP Awards – held each year by The Pharmacist's parent company Cogora – shines a light on the remarkable work carried out by Britain's primary care professionals every day.

Mr Williams wowed the judges with his commitment to delivering innovative services to his patients and achieving remarkable results – including delivering 80% of interventions in a pilot pregnancy advisory service targeting at-risk patients.

He particularly impressed with his pharmacy's 'pulse in the pub' initiative, which saw his team monitor the blood pressure of people drinking in local pubs.


'It's rather surreal'


Commenting on his win, Mr Williams told The Pharmacist: 'It's rather surreal. You don't really expect it because the calibre of those shortlisted is so high and I think that's reflective of what's going on in pharmacy at the moment.

'You have a lot of people doing really innovative things and to be counted as one of them is a privilege in itself.'


'A credit to the profession'


The Pharmacist's editor-in-chief Beth Kennedy said: 'A massive congratulations is in order to Ade on winning this very well-deserved award.

'The GP Awards is all about recognising those who go above and beyond in the name of patient care. Ade's determination to provide the best care possible to his patients, friendly demeanor and creativity in providing novel clinical services makes him a credit to the profession.'