Rowlands Pharmacy Pays Its Respects to Glastonbury Festival Pharmacist

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Celebrating the Life and Work of The Festival Pharmacist, Tony Guest

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We have a lot to thank him for, and we owe it to him to carry on his name and valuable contribution to the pharmaceutical industry.

This month saw the Glastonbury Festival celebrate over 100,000 attendees; however, Rowlands Pharmacy noted the loss of one extremely important attendee – that of The Festival Pharmacist, Tony Guest, who died earlier this year.

First taking an interest in helping fellow festivalgoers back in 1997, Tony operated on an almost solo basis – arming himself with just a few trestle tablets, a handful of tablet bottles as well as some leftover tablets from previous owners.

With the aim of improving his service whilst maintaining a sense of professionalism (along with being able to arrange time off accordingly to actually see the Festival), he became somewhat of a phenomenon around the Glastonbury circuit – winning over an army of friends as well as an impressive reputation.

Internet pharmacy manager at Rowlands Pharmacy, Rod Grundy, said: “Tony Guest started off with nearly nothing – and came away with everything he could have ever dreamed of. Running the infamous Festival Pharmacy – a 24 hour pharmacy within the medical centre – as well as Arena Pharmacy, he helped provide lifesaving services to many a grateful patient. We have a lot to thank him for, and we owe it to him to carry on his name and valuable contribution to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Known as the RockandRoll Pharmacy, this encompassed both the Festival and Arena pharmacies. Passing a series of stringent audits as well as staffed by some of the UK’s most qualified specialists, both the current pharmacies (FMS and MedMan Pharmacy) owe a huge amount of praise and acknowledgement to the amendments made by Tony.

“It’s honourable that one individual’s efforts can bring together so many,” added Grundy. “Events such as festivals can at times be overlooked in terms of health and safety, so we highly commend Tony for taking the initiative and creating an environment where people can receive medical treatment whilst have fun, especially at such a high-profile occasion such as Glastonbury Festival.”

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