After 9 years of leading the development of pharmacy services across Forth Valley, Gail Caldwell has left to take up a new role as Director of Pharmacy with NHS Ayrshire & Arran. During her time with NHS Forth Valley Gail has been involved in what she referred to as many ‘interesting challenges’. These include the swine flu outbreak and distribution of tamiflu, the move to Forth Valley Royal Hospital and introduction of a new robotic pharmacy and, more recently, the successful roll out of a new hospital electronic prescribing system (HePMA). Gail has also overseen the implementation of many new pharmacy initiatives which have delivered significant savings and improved services for local people. Known for her can do attitude and ability to get things done, Gail will be missed by colleagues across the organisation. While she is looking forward to her new role nearer the West coast, she says it is the people she will miss most and the relationships she has built up over many years. She joked: “I’ve worked with four different Medical Directors in the last 9 years so I thought it was time to move on before I broke any more!” Gail received a number of presents from colleagues including champagne, flowers and a hotel voucher. We wish her all the best for the future.
Pictured – Gail is pictured with pharmacy colleagues at Falkirk Community Hospital