A chemist in Rosehill has shared their experience of serving the public during the coronavirus crisis.

MPS Pharmacy was recently visited by the Mayor of Sutton to recognise their hard work to provide a vital service throughout the pandemic.

"It was great to meet the staff at MPS Pharmacy, who provide a fantastic service to the community especially during these challenging times," commented Mayor Trish Fivey.

Niyati Patel, who works at the pharmacy, told Sutton Guardian how demand for their delivery service has tripled because of Covid-19.

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She said: "We have been rushed off our feet since the start, we had staff affected however we pulled through as a team and managed it very well.

We have taken on a large number of patients as well as an increase in our delivery service.

The chemist, which consists of a small team of eight, found themselves answering questions that they "never had to answer before."

"At the start, the demand was unbelievable. We were working crazy hours however it quietened down but our delivery service has now more than tripled per day," said Niyati.

"The pharmacist was being asked questions he didn’t think he would’ve been asked.

"We were asked when the pandemic is going to end, questions about how hospitals are working, what to do if you have covid and we were asked questions that a doctor should answer.

"We assured them it will be okay and spoke about how the country is moving at the moment."

She added: "Staying open was difficult but as a team, we have managed it very well.

"To be recognised by the mayor for our service was brilliant. We felt proud and honoured that she came to see us and have a chat."

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