June 29, 2011
Manotick Messenger – Thursday, June 30, 2011
Getting to know Paul Brooks can be good for your health
By Bev McRae
“I prefer to be an independent business. You are your own boss – and you treat the customers better,” said Paul Brooks, who celebrated the Grand Opening of Paul’s Pharmasave in Manotick on Sat., June 4.
Customers at Paul’s Pharmasave are not anonymous patients with prescriptions to fill that they might be at a big chain store outlet.
And that’s a plus when it comes to a patient’s health.
“It’s very important to get to know a customer on a personal and a medication level,” said Brooks. “Many people don’t have a family doctor these days, so a pharmacist can act as kind of a health care quarterback.”
A pharmacist who knows a patient personally and knows the patient’s medical history through prescription records consolidated in one database may be able to recommend more suitable or more effective medications than what is called for in a prescription from a walk-in medical clinic.
And a pharmacist who knows a patient and the patient’s medical history can give useful advice for overall health, whether it’s recommending something for a runny nose or dealing with more serious medical issues.
“We offer diabetic counselling and glucose monitoring, blood pressure monitoring and a hearing aid centre,” said Brooks. “We stock a full line of home health care products including compression stockings and walking aids like canes, crutches, walkers and we have wheelchairs for sale or rent.”
The store also carries natural, organic and gluten free products and shelves packed with vitamins, but personalized service at Paul’s Pharmasave means that the pharmacy can special order what it doesn’t stock.
Customers can also renew their prescriptions on line to pick up at the store, or have them delivered.
Brooks, who is also part owner of Westboro Pharmasave, first came to Manotick nine years ago when he worked for a friend who owned an independent pharmacy in Manotick Mews. He opened Paul’s Pharmasave in Manotick in 2008.
Two years later, his pharmacy had become so popular that he moved to 990 River Rd. on Nov. 15, 2010.
“The location is more visible and significantly larger,” said Brooks. “We have a lot more front shop products and a lot more parking. And we have expanded hours, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9-4 on Saturdays and we’re open 11 – 3 on Sundays.”
Paul’s Pharmasave celebrated the Grand Opening of the store with balloons, clowns, face painting, a free barbeque lunch, train rides, cake and a special guest from the Ottawa Senators.
“The Grand Opening was wildly successful,” said Brooks. “During Dickinson Days you’re never sure if the weather will be cooperative or if crowds will drop by. But the crowd was huge and even Spartacat was here.”
For store specials, photos, services and information on the professional team at Paul’s Pharmasave, visit www.paulspharmasave.com.