I'm a pharmacy assistant and can tell you that the last three weeks we have been flat out because of people panic buying. We've gone from filling 300 to over 500 scripts a day. My Co workers are getting so stressed they are either having panic attacks or snapping at each other.
All brands of paracetamol, vitamin C, zinc, any kind of immune booster complexes, toilet paper, tissues, baby wipes and hand sanitiser are either in short supply of out stock.
OMG I had a lady accuse me of hiding the toilet paper from her and not wanting to sell it to her after she asked me if I had any and my answer was no.
😱 I had a customer try to ring up her own sale on my till because I was busy serving someone else and she didn't want to wait any longer. I did tell her off and she just looked back at me blankly.
But it's not just us that'll have to keep working through this mayhem it's also our suppliers and delivery drivers.
OK I don't mind people asking me once but when they ask me twice, three times or even four this is when it becomes annoying. I walk away from these people while they're still talking to me because my answer hadn't changed and I have heaps of other people to attend to. Some people tell me their story and why they need it but it's not going to make it suddenly appear in my hands. We've even had to hide our counter sanitiser because people would help themselves and top up their own small bottles.
There are some measures being put in place to try to stop the spread so hopefully your local chemist is doing the same.
No medical certificates
No signing prescriptions
Clean counters at least every 60 minutes including Clinic Room. Use the sterilising solution in the spray bottles Lyn made up today and paper towels.
No AIA health checks
Remove the scales from the clinic room
Clinic room is only to be used for vaccinations as we want to keep it as clean as possible. Keep the door closed.
We will do BP checks only on patients who have not been overseas or in contact with a COVID positive person.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
This is a big deal for me because I take a medication that lowers my immune system to keep my ulcerative colitis under control. A mild coughing cold that I caught from my son a while ago got so bad for me that I ended up with chronic vertigo called laberenthitis and no I didn't get to meet David Bowie. I couldn't walk properly, I couldn't drive, I had to sit on a chair in the shower and when people were talking to me I could hear them but I couldn't comprehend what they were saying. This lasted for around 6 weeks.
We have no face masks to aid in protecting us, we haven't been able to get any for months. We have nothing to protect us apart from the measures that my boss has set and it really is starting to worry me.
If you are working in health care or a supermarket I'd like to hear from you in a MyTake.
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