Pharmacist finds coronavirus note written by 10-year-old boy

снимка, Pharmacist finds coronavirus note written by 10-year-old boy

This was the heartwarming note and gift left by a 10-year-old boy for a Liverpool pharmacist who he didn't even know.

Alain Weir was closing up for the night at the 100-hours-a-week chemist where he continues to work during the coronavirus health crisis.

To his amazement, a youngster was waiting for him on Sunday evening with a tub of Pringles, boxes of Matchmaker chocolates and sweets.

Together with the unexpected present, the boy had written a message which was almost enough to bring tears to the 43-year-old's eyes.

Penned in the child's handwriting, it said: "You've been hit!

"Thank you for all you are doing for us during this crazy time.

"The world keeps going because of people like you.

"Stay safe you are all doing an amazing job."

The gesture "made Alain's day," his proud partner Linsey Rawlinson said.

Mr Weir now runs a pharmacy in Oswestry in Shropshire, completing a two-hour round trip each day from his Mossley Hill home.

His chemist is open from 7am-11pm, making it a physically and emotionally draining line of work during the current Covid-19 lockdown.

His shift pattern means when he returns to south Liverpool, he has about 10 minutes to see his three children, aged seven, six and nine months, before a quick shower and then bed.But such is the pressure on him that he is considering moving into temporary accommodation in Oswestry to be closer to work, and also to ensure not infecting his own kids as he works on the NHS frontline.

Alain has been a pharmacist for 18 years and was previously a chemist manager in Belle Vale and at a well-known supermarket.

Girlfriend Linsey, 36, who does her partner's pharmacy accounts and is now working from home, told the ECHO: "This was a really lovely thing for a boy of 10 to do, and it also takes children's minds of what's happening, which is important.

"Hopefully this kindness towards pharmacists is something that will get going in Liverpool.

"The boy said his name was Ethan, and he was with his mum when it happened.

"Alain brought the chocolates, crisps and sweets into his pharmacy for his staff.

"My mum, sister and auntie also work in pharmacies in Prescot, and like Alain, they are all under pressure.

"They are the forgotten heroes of the NHS, in some ways.

"His chemist is getting bombarded and people are panicking over getting their medications.

"Today, he's been there since 4am."

Linsey said Ethan's idea had inspired their family and they were determined to carry out his "You've Been Hit" kindness to Merseyside pharmacists where allowed.

The 36-year-old is braced to go help her partner at his Oswestry chemist if staff shortages because of coronavirus start to hit.

She added: "Alain is worried.

"He's not saying a lot, as he doesn't want to panic us, he's just concerned about getting enough stock and keeping his customers safe.

"People can possibly go a week or two without the tons of toilet roll and the stocks of food, but some people can’t go one single day without their medication."

Nationally, pharmacies are asking the public to only purchase essential medicines and put an end to panic buying, like that seen in supermarkets.

Prescription medications are not set to run out, but sales of items including hand sanitizers, paracetamol and thermometers have all rocketed.

 

Mark Lyonette, chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), which represents independent community pharmacy professionals, said: "In most cases, pharmacies are currently able to meet need in a timely fashion, even if that means limiting the quantity of certain medicines sold to each customer.

"Certain products, for example, hand sanitizers, paracetamol and thermometers, are only intermittently available.

"Please only buy the medicines you need now for you and your family; this will help to avoid creating difficulties for others, so that everyone in your community gets the medicines they need."

Early prescription requests will also be refused to avoid unnecessary stockpiling. 

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