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Pharmacy alumnus recognised as one of UK's 'Flood heroes'

Pharmacy alumnus Pupinder Singh Ghatora was named one of the country’s  150 ‘flood heroes’ following his efforts to maintain pharmacy services in West Oxford during the floods earlier this year.  

Mr Ghatora and his four staff made sure the elderly and ill residents still had their supply of medication from his pharmacy practice in West Oxford. This was despite the fact that floodwaters crept up to the shop’s top step and some deliveries had to be made by foot.  He said, 'If the pharmacy had to close, lives would have been at risk. It could have been a life or death situation. People need insulin for diabetes, blood pressure medication and all sorts of things.'

Mr Ghatora graduated from King’s in 2001 and qualified as a pharmacist in 2002, after his pre-registration year. He now owns his own pharmacy in Oxfordshire. In 2008 he won the Pharmacy Business Young Pharmacist of the Year Award.  

Mr Ghatora was one of 150 ‘flood heroes’ who attended a reception at Number 10 Downing Street as recognition of their work for their communities in January and February.

The story was reported in the Oxford Mail. Read the article here