Josh Miller – Pharmacy student
It was no surprise when BBC statistics stated that over 54% of surveyed officer workers regularly worked through their lunch hour. I can only imagine that this percentage is higher within pharmacists. Speaking from my experience working within a community pharmacy I have rarely seen a pharmacist take an entire (entitled) hour, and it’s becoming more regular for those to have a “working lunch” consisting of nothing more than a sandwich eaten between checking prescriptions. This begs the question, should pharmacists have protected lunch hours? I must say personally I don’t take a full hour, because I simply get bored, and would prefer to help out, even if that is at a slower pace while checking twitter every so often! With the ever-increasing pressure and workload on pharmacists, I think it is paramount to take a break, disconnect and remove some of those stresses even for 30 minutes. I am almost positive that this would have a beneficial effect on the pharmacist’s mental health alongside the safety of the patients through decreased errors. Breaks can also be a valuable time to engage in education, similar to the commonplace idea of “Learning at Lunch” seen within our hospital counterparts.