Over 110 years after his great-grandfather first set up a pharmacy business, David Hawkin is continuing the family tradition.
Now the fourth generation pharmacist has been recognised for his dedication to his patients.
David, of WA Hawkin and Sons on Otley Old Road, Leeds, has been nominated in the pharmacist of the year category in the YEP Best of Health Awards.
This new category, sponsored by Leaf Healthcare, is designed to honour pharmacists who provide an excellent service to their communities – and David was singled-out as his family have served Yorkshire patients for decades.
His great-grandfather first started the business in 1901 in York, moving it to Leeds with his family in the 1920s.
He ran a pharmacy in Burley Street, close to the city centre, with David’s great-uncle.
In the mid-1930s, his grandfather expanded to open a shop in Armley Town Street and his father took over the current shop in 1964.
“We’ve been providing local healthcare for people since then,” he said.
His grandfather and great-uncle eventually retired, and David took over the Cookridge shop when his father died.
“I have been here for about 15 years and you get to know your patients really well. I have quite a number who’ve been here since day one,” he said. Even now, patients will tell him they remember his great uncle.
“We try to find a niche market and provide the customer service,” David added.
“We pride ourselves on the personal touch.”
In his many nominations, David was described as “a great community player and a good people person” and “one of the kindest, most hard working, reliable and generous people I have the pleasure to know.”
He was modest about being put forward, adding that it was a busy time for the profession, keeping up with changes in the NHS and developing services for patients.
* There’s still time to suggest more fantastic pharmacists, as well as opticians, doctors, nurses, teams, carers, dentists, unsung heroes and midwives, for recognition in the Sovereign Health Care-backed awards.
Three nominees in each category will be shortlisted by the judging panel and invited to a glitzy awards lunch on October 21, when winners in all categories will be announced.