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Anna Robinson | University of Sunderland

Pharmacy Mpharm

  • Name: Anna Robinson
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: Newcastle
  • Ambitions: To begin my career in Hospital Pharmacy, specialising in cardiology, with a view to teaching Pharmacy at a University.

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August 14th, 2014

Summer ’14 – Woburn Safari Park

2014-08-07 13.43.08-1Check out my little video from my visit to a Safari Park this summer… It was the first time I’d ever been to a safari park, and I absolutely loved it! I drove around the safari and saw lots of animals including, lions, tigers, bears, wolves, monkeys, giraffes and elephants; and then I went on the foot safari and saw lots of monkeys, lemurs, antelope, zebras… and even fed some baby goats.

I also got to meet Damini the elephant. She was a 22 year old Asian Elephant that was rescued from India in 1997, and has lived at Woburn Safari and Conservation Park ever since. She had such a delicate and graceful character despite being so huge and powerful, and meeting her was certainly the highlight to my visit… although, having the monkeys swing and sit on the car comes a close second!

July 8th, 2014

Placement Progress…

I am currently on my second placement of the summer now, and it’s been a fantastic experience already. I’m really enjoying the challenges of hospital pharmacy and the variation that you come across from day to day, even if I am on the same wards two days running.

My medical rotation encompassed so many areas of pharmacy; including Cardiology, GI, Care of the Elderly, Respiratory, Palliative care, Oncology, Paediatrics, ITU, ECU, HDU, Stroke and Rehab units. Not only was I ward based but I was lucky enough to shadow on numerous care home visits, conduct medicines reviews and counsel patients on medications, including NMS, COPD care bundles and cardiac rehab medication (post-MI). I have learnt a whole new set of skills which I have adapted to suit the different wards I have been on, different members of staff I am working with, different patients I have been counselling, and different conditions that need attention.

I have certainly had my eyes opened to the sheer variation of hospital pharmacy – not only in the diseases treated and the clinical skill set needed, but in the variety of patients, families and situations I find in front of me. All is going well so far…!

July 8th, 2014

Sunderland is a Life Changing University!

Lots of my friends are graduating this week… So it seemed very apt to share this video that UoS have made about being a life changing Uni. Check it out!

June 27th, 2014

Why Should You Apply For Lives Online?

Go for it. Not long til applications close so here’s why I think you should apply for this fantastic job!! Good luck!

June 25th, 2014

Have you applied for Summer Placements?


So the summer is upon us as pharmacy students, so what I thought my next piece would centre on is…SUMMER PLACEMENTS.

Have you applied for any? Have you had them in the past?

Summer placements not only show your enthusiasm for pharmacy, but they show your dedication and experience. They are incredibly important and many students I know have found them seriously helpful. Not only can you gain ‘hands on’ experience in a community or hospital pharmacy; but you can put theory into practice by consulting patients, sitting in on MUR/NMS services, getting to know the routines that take place in different pharmacy settings, and developing a rapport with other health care professionals.

I would definitely recommend applying for placements! Be committed; if you aren’t successful in applications, why not do some voluntary work experience in a pharmacy or other health-related setting… it’s all about gaining experience, putting theory into practice, meeting other pharmacists, making a good impression and also bulking out your CV… all experience can be used for job applications (whether it’s pharmacy based or not!)

Importantly though, have a fantastic summer. Take the time to be pro-active and do lots, but also make sure you unwind and relax. Pharmacy school is tough!!

June 25th, 2014

North East Live!

Yesterday there was North East Live on at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. It was a brilliant concert which ran from 2pm to 10pm! Lots of different performers were there, including The Vamps, The Saturdays, Katy B, Rizzle Kicks, Jason Derulo and Jessie J. I had such a fab time & here are some videos I took while there… I just hope the videos do the even justice, cause it was fantastic!


June 25th, 2014

Summer Placements… Part 2

Check out what I’ve been up to in my 2nd week on placement… I’m having a fantastic time working at the hospital!

June 25th, 2014

Summer Placements… Part 1

Week 1 of my hospital placement is complete!! Can’t believe how much it’s flown over… I am having a brilliant time being back at the hospital! Check out my video to find out more.

June 9th, 2014

Open Days at UoS

Check out this great video. Experience an open day at the University of Sunderland. Take a tour of the facilities and hear visitor accounts of their experience at a North East university!

June 9th, 2014

End of Exams!


Exams are complete & hopefully all went well! Bring on summer.
In this video I talk about the OSCE and what scenarios I was examined on. Coming up soon, I have two hospital summer placements which I will blog about and share some of my experiences!